The Craig Fahle Show

Gallup CEO Jim Clifton on "The Coming Jobs War"

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton comes to Michigan with a message about jobs and the fragility of the American economy built on small business. Clifton is a keynote speaker scheduled tomorrow at the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. Clifton recently authored a book The Coming Jobs War, from the findings of Gallup's World Poll.

Clifton says the basic math on jobs worldwide breaks down like this: there are seven billion people, five billion of whom are adults, three billion of whom who want and seek salaried jobs, there are 1.2 billion jobs worldwide, and therefore a 1.8 billion shortfall in jobs worldwide. Clifton says that global problem resonates in the United States.

"There's really a problem with the spirit of free enterprise," says Clifton. "We're a country of small business, not big business... [and] we don't have start-ups anymore."

From Amazon: "In The Coming Jobs War, Gallup Chairman Jim Clifton boldly asserts that job creation and successful entrepreneurship are the world’s most pressing issues, outpacing runaway government spending, environmental degradation, and even the threat of global terrorism.

"The book is grounded in findings from Gallup’s World Poll, which reveals implications of the jobs war on everything from economics to foreign policy to America’s moral authority in the world. And it offers a prescription for attacking the jobs issue head-on. Clifton says the solution to creating good jobs must be found in cities, not the federal government. Promoting entrepreneurship and job creation must be the sole mission and purpose of cities’ leaders."

-- Laura Weber-Davis