According to a new poll posted on Forbes.com has listed Cleveland, Ohio as the winner of a not-so-nice competition: The Most Miserable City In the United States of America. Even though the city of Cleveland boasts a population overflowing with a number of underemployed or unemployed highly-educated, college graduates.
The city of Cleveland rests along the beautiful Cuyahoga River but due to rising unemployment, lousy weather, skyrocketing taxes and other reasons too numerous to list, it has obtained the Number 1 position in the Forbes.com list.
“Cleveland nabbed the top spot as a result of poor ratings across the board. It was the only city that fell in the bottom half of rankings in all nine categories,” Forbes said on it website. Forbes nicknamed it, “The Mistake by the Lake.”
So, what’s the problem here in America for college grads?I started thinking, what are some other international surroundings or cities that are falling by the wayside in terms of being the “least desirable” place for college graduates to relocate?
How about China’s Tangjialing? It makes Cleveland look more like Heaven than a “Mistake”.
Tangjialing sits on the fringes of China’s wealthier cities such as Beijing, with a growing population of struggling white-collar workers, many of whom are those highly-educated college graduates that live in cramped, dingy quarters and commute on crowded buses to work in urban sprawling nearby cities. They have been compared to “Ant Tribes” where worker ants or insects live and work in a colony and do it all for the community. This is a huge problem for Beijing’s Communist Party leaders as careers prospects and living conditions do a nose-dive. The once optimistic graduates are quickly losing their dreams, hopes and aspirations. Their views or outlooks of their bleak surroundings is becoming very bleak indeed. Motivation is tumbling as they struggle just to survive.
Is this any different than what most college graduates in the United States are facing at the moment – where the rising number of graduates gaze upon a landscape of economic mayhem and they are left to wonder if there will be a suitable job for them to apply their talents?
The rising number of graduates living on the edge of poverty in China’s biggest cities could become a socio-economic challenge for the Chinese government, whose biggest fear is that economic stagnation could stoke discontent among educated urban classes, fueling protests that challenge the Communist Party rule.
In the evenings in Tangjialing, whose population of educated workers has swelled to 50,000 from 3,000 before the rise of “ants” about two years ago, tenants hang laundry, socialize at greasy diners and use cheap Internet cafes.
We could be talking about NYC or any of the other metro areas here in the States.
That $80,000 college education is more like a 401K that has lost it’s futures.