One Boston Employer Gave Potential Workers A Math And Drug Test; The Result Was Disturbing

Tyler Durden's picture

While the Fed's traditionally drab Beige Book described the US economy in conventional terms, growing "at a modest to moderate" pace, one relatively new development was the recurring complaint by employers that they are having an increasingly more difficult time in finding qualified and skilled workers to fill empty positions.

Labor markets remained tight, and employers in most Districts had more difficulty filling low-skilled positions, although labor demand was stronger for higher skilled workers. Modest wage increases broadened, and reports noted bigger increases for workers with skills that are in short supply. A couple of Districts reported that worker shortages and increased labor costs were restraining growth in some sectors, including manufacturing, transportation, and construction.

That said, we have difficulty finding where in the labor market data one can validate the Fed's finding that wages are growing due to rising labor pressures. If anything, the latest jobs report was a big disappointment not only in terms of overall payrolls, but also wages, with real wages continuing their slump...

... prompting Morgan Stanley to caution that "wage growth is leveling off and may be slowing" and leading the suddenly reflationary Albert Edwards to ask "where is the wage growth", we want to bring attention to one amusing anecdote, which we find quite believable. 

According to the Boston Fed the qualified labor shortage is so bad, that the hit rate on hiring after a simple math and drug test, collapses below 50%. To wit:

Labor markets in the First District continued to tighten somewhat. Many employers sought to add modestly to head counts (although one manufacturer laid off about 4 percent of staff over the last year), while wage increases were modest. Some smaller retailers noted increasing labor costs, in part driven by increases in state minimum wages being implemented over a multi-year period. Restaurant contacts, particularly in heavy tourism regions, expressed concern about possible labor shortages this summer, exacerbated by an expected slowdown in granting H-2B visas. Half of contacted manufacturers were hiring, though none in large numbers; several firms said it was hard to find workers.


One respondent said that during a recent six-month attempt to add to staff for a new product, two-thirds of applicants for assembly line jobs were screened out before hiring via math tests and drug tests; of 400 workers hired, only 180 worked out.

In retrospect, the US may indeed have a qualified worker crisis on its hands.

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ninja247's picture

boston is so full of idiots. Just look at all the economists that have messed up our monetary system that came out of Harvard.

Plunge Protection's picture

The robots will pass the math and drug tests

PrayingMantis's picture


... don't know about the meth test, but  apparently, the math questions were not fair ... here's a sample >>>

"If you have a million dollars and gave away one quarter, and another quarter, and then another quarter, how much would you have left?"
and Boston's potential workers' unanimous answer was: ...

"A million dollars minus 75 cents."

... well, it makes sense, doesn't it? ... ;)


Arnold's picture

A local Hall (Youngstown) was looking for apprentices.
100 callups; 98 drug failures.

froze25's picture

Was it 25% of the left over 75% after the first quarter was taken away? Or are you referring to increments of a quarter of a million dollars?

The world needs ditch diggers too, well actually I guess with robotics, no the world doesn't. We are in for a shit storm.

AVmaster's picture

I can see this in leftard infested cities...

beemasters's picture

"Labor markets remained tight, and employers in most Districts had more difficulty filling low-skilled positions, although labor demand was stronger for higher skilled workers. "

But, but... there will be a beautiful, phenomenal wall (literally and figuratively) to compensate!

sincerely_yours's picture

"the US economy in conventional terms, growing 'at a modest to moderate' pace"




Donald Trump's picture
Donald Trump (not verified) sincerely_yours Apr 19, 2017 7:42 PM

Plebs, have no fear ...will have growth, BUT ONLY BANKING growth. 


Dodd-Frank Replacement Bill Makes its First Appearance


Kikes must be kept happy, goy !

john doeberg's picture

Speed up that banking reform !

I'm running out of shekels !!!

jeff montanye's picture

no later than 2050, possibly as early as 2035 if the economy deteriorates as badly and for as long as some here and elsewhere think, and maybe 2020 if we get a third world war, the human population peaks and goes down with no obvious turnaround.

the robots will do the math.

bigkahuna's picture

they've dis-inentivized work - now all of the former labor pool is busy working the .gov system and getting high - thats just what happens

these so called "educated" fools cannot figure that out

BarkingCat's picture

Isn't Chase SNAP business growing

Casey Stengel's picture

Where?  South Carolina. So much work going on. The I-85 corridor from Atlanta to Greensboro is booming. BMW, Diamler, Michelin, are all investing huge $ and hiring lots of people.

Captain Chlamydia's picture

Shove that bible institute up your ass you dickless spammer 

Okienomics's picture

Get thee behind me, Satan, aka, Winged.

Skateboarder's picture

They're asking the wrong questions. It should be stuff like:

1) How many grams are there in an ounce?

2) Joey bought an eigth and Danny bought a quad to the party. They rolled a fat blunt going halfsies and Joey had half his weed left. How many days will the rest of Danny's stash last him if he smokes half a gram a day?

3) Define "spliff."

HopefulCynical's picture

Define spliff. How does it differ from a blunt? Give three examples.

Skateboarder's picture

logicalman nailed the modern gangsta maff test, but I gotta say your addition has got me on a gut-laugh.

lol, my friend. It's the perfect test question.

PT's picture

I don't live in that town so maybe that is the problem.  PT's Qs:
1.  If it is so important to be good at maths then why am I (and other associates) finding it so hard to get work?
2.  If it is so important to NOT be drug-fucked then why am I (and other associates) not seeing queues of eager employers lined up outside my door?  Seriously.  Drug-fucked and bad at maths vs no-drugs and good at maths.  See who gets the jobs and who doesn't.  If drug-free and good-at-maths were such desirable qualities in the business world then surely I wouldn't have spent half my life in the gutter.  Or am I really that ugly???

Further "evidence" or points for further thought?
3.  Why are so many rich celebs drug-fucked?  Can they really not think of anything better to do with their time and money???  Or perhaps being drug-fucked is actually a pre-requisite for becoming a celeb?
4.  What's with the association between banksters and "hookers and blow"?  Perhaps Cocaine really is a performance enhancing drug? (I meant career-wise, not crotch-wise but investigate both if you wish)

We live in a world where maths and drugs/drug-free matters.  Except for those of us who "called the bluff", obviously it doesn't.  Or the effect is opposite to what popular propaganda suggests.  If any of yas get bored, investigate that one.

TheGardener's picture

Where I work things are so complicated one should be able to read, write and ideally count at the same time.

Hard match, all we have is part timers not quite having finished their degree but being quite clever none the less. Unlike their degreed

former classmates asking for 3 times the going rate for meaningful employment per hour.

With even higher minimum wage we will have to let them go soon even though we invested quite an amount of training.


Justin Case's picture

Can hardly wait till all the unions are history. Then things will start fallin apart for the debt slaves. Back to the 30's, ahh the good times.

Offthebeach's picture

Funny how the US grew from just trees, to cities, to a world power in 1940 with near mo debt, highest wage rates, low taxes, little givernment. 350 years of startlingly growth.

Since starting in the '30's into the 50's we've seen massive government growth ( all lefties proudly say so.) Unionization and industrial death in all unionized industries.  Stagnant wages for decades.  Collapse phisically of once proud, productive cities. And 20 times the debt since the Revolution through to Reagan. .


Uncle Sugar's picture

The seeds of destruction were sown in 1913

Justin Case's picture

And today we are at the greatest wage disparity in the history of merica. 300:1. For every dollar the serf earns, the management earns $300.00. Corporations will always cry about paying the serfs. There is no shortage of money for multi-million dollar bonuses for the upper crust, but unlimited blame for the bottom feeders.

Well they have you convinced, you should work for less.

CEO of GM salary, without perks or bonuses, can pay 274 line workers a full year @$20.00/hr. That's just one CEO. Good luck and enjoy yoar Kraft dinners. The scum at the top won't be joining you. They have better pay range, 300 times or better than you, and you support it for them.

Collapse phisically of once proud, productive cities. Corporations are loyal to profit and their bonuses. They left you to rot b/c they don't give a rat's ass about you. Yoar a disposable tool for them and yoar Gov't supports the industrialists, campagne money. The Elmer Fudd's of merica.

Teja's picture

It is a pity that only 3 US states took part in the international PISA testing. Massachusetts and Connecticut actually far above US average, almost on par with the top group worldwide, and Florida clearly below US average, which wasn't that good anyway.

Does anyone remember how those 3 states voted, in the last Presidential election?

PT's picture


Have you considered that the ones who are good at maths have actually written out a budget and discovered what it costs to live, while those who are bad at maths simply take on moar debt because the friendly bankster said they can?

logicalman's picture




1. Lajames has an AK47 with a 200-round clip. He usually misses 6 of every 10 shots

and he uses 13 rounds per drive- by shootin. How many mofos Can Lajames ice on a

drive-by before he gotta. reload?

2. Leroy has 2 ounces of cocaine. If he sells an 8 ball to Antonio for $320 and 2 grams to
Juan for $85 per gram, what be the street value of the rest of his shit?

3. Dwayne pimps 3 ho's. If the price is S85 per trick, how many tricks per day must each
ho turn to support Dwayne's S800 per day Crack habit?

4. Rau! wants 10 cut the pound of cocaine he bought for $40.000 to make 20% profit.
How many ounce bags will he need to make to gets the 20% upside?

5. Ray-Ray gets $2000 for a stolen BMW, $1500 for stealing a Corvette, and $1000 for a
4x4. If he steals 1 BMW. 2 Corvettes and 3 4x4's, how many more Corvettes must he
steal to make the 10k for his brother's bail?

6. Pedro got 6 years for murder. He also got $10.000 for the hit. If his common-law wife
spends $1OO of his hit money per month, how much money wiii be left when he gets out?

7. If an average can of spray paint covers 22 square feet and the average letter !s 3 square
feet, how many letters can be sprayed with three 8 oz. cans of spray paint with 20% paint
left over?

8. Tyrone knocked up 4 girls in the gang. There be 20 girls in his gang. What be the
percentage of bitches Tyrone knocked up?

9. Lafawnda is a lookout for the gang. Lafawnda also has a Boa Constrictor that eats 5
rats per week and a cost of $5 per rat. If Lafawnda makes $700 a week as a lookout, how
many weeks can she feed her snake with one week's income

10. Marvin steals Juan's skateboard. As Marvin skates away at I5mph. Juan loads his 357

Magnum piece. It it takes Juan 20 seconds to load his piece, how far away will Marvin be
when he gels whacked?

new game's picture

7)*if he doesn't huff any paint.

jeff montanye's picture

pedro's common law wife exemplifies the protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism iyam.

nmewn's picture

In all likelihood Pedros wife is a Catholic (assuming the same ethnicity as Pedro), that part of the planet having been forcibly converted centuries ago from Aztec/Maya (take your pick) and nothing was said about whether Pedro is agreeable to "supporting" his wife with his ill-gotten gains while he's in prison...only a question of how much will he have left when he gets out...there is an assumption she's doing it behind his back.

The study of sociology is for the most part a subjective thing where a students own biases can go unchecked, leading to irrational conclusions in their own development or real truth/knowledge of any given circumstance. But at least Weber recognized this over time, it did take a while but he came to the rational conclusion that the "professional bureaucratic class" puts its pants on one leg at a time as well, making it no different in the self interest category than Pedros wife. Assuming of course...that Pedro doesn't realize she's stealing from him and even if he did, he can't stop her in the position he's in now.

You see?...subjective vs objective ;-) 

Arrow4Truth's picture

Hysterical. Gotta save this one.

de3de8's picture

Need more articles like this ZH, comments are priceless!

TeraByte's picture

I love these higher maths.


Golden Showers's picture

1. Lajames can do 15 full drive-by shootin's. At 60% hit he can hit 9 people. It depends on how you define "ice".

2. Antonio got ripped off. An 8 ball = 1/8 ounce =3.54396 grams x 85 = $301.21... so assuming that one gram is worth $85 and Leroy can make at least $85 per gram (plus a rip on bulk orders), his 2 ounces have a street value of $4819.42. Minus the 5.54396 grams... $4,348.21.

3. $800 per day / 3 is $266.6666 smackers. That's 3.14 tricks per ho. Ho's have to do pi tricks a day, bitch.

4. This is fun. That's 160 ounces of CIA Clinton Bush. It's an easy $250 investment and Rau! needs to make 3 Franklins each.

5. Ray-Ray got 8g's. He needs to rip off two more corvettes to hit 10 large. The answer is 2.

6. Awesome: 10k-7200 = 2.8. Pedro gonna get $2800. That's better than child support.

7. 80% of one can is 9.1666666 letters. 3 of those average 8oz cans can give up 27.5 letters.

8. This is a tough one: You have to multiply each side by five. So Tybag knocked up 20 percent of his bitchez, bitchez.

9. $700/25 = 28 weeks.

10. 5280 feet / 60 = 88 (Back to the future). 88x15 = 1320 per minute. At 20 seconds, Marvin will be in range at 440 feet if Juan has a scope and his daddy was Lee Harvey Oswald.

So, am I hired?

To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

I thought Boston was full of the Irish? From a British perspective, it is common knowledge the Irish were never the brightest of people. On an intellectual, scientific, or philosophical level, the Irish are nowhere compared to the Brits, Germans, French and Russians. They paddy's are as stupid as the Poles and the Portuguese. Hired muscle/labourers/cleaners/cooks/nurses/odd jobs, until the darkies came over and took those jobs. There's 1/3 of your problem right there. Oops, here comes the down votes, because as Europeans, we have the same IQ across the board? Yeah right!

YouJustCouldnt's picture

What a great imagination. A+

ScotlandTheBrave's picture

"10. Marvin steals Juan's skateboard. As Marvin skates away at I5mph. Juan loads his 357 Magnum piece. It it takes Juan 20 seconds to load his piece, how far away will Marvin be when he gels whacked?"  2 ft.  Marvin moves 440ft but Juan hops in DaWayne's hooptie and chase the MF down and blow his ass away 2ft away. You know Juan can't hit shit from 10 ft away.

Kidbuck's picture

Yo, you be needin' ebonometrics.

Chief Wonder Bread's picture

That was immediately what I thought

well if it was multiple choice and both answers were valid

then that was a deficiency in the testers not the test-takers

in which case we are really screwed

techpriest's picture

I was in a program which sent scientists to inner-city schools, and upon reviewing the tests, we found multiple cases where the test was wrong. Bad definitions and disproven examples of evolution (for example, the test claimed that giraffes have long necks to reach leave high in trees, which is not something supported in science)

jusman's picture

Well I am 60 and that was what I was taught in a private boy's school (LCC) in Montreal.  Googled and found this article from 2010 - so it seems science progressed faster than school curricula.