Sure, sure. We can all get PhDs and the toilets will clean themselves.
For once, think a little.
Spoken like one unable to adapt. To adapt you do not require to have a Ph.D. All those idiots that cry foul in steel/coal country, fuck, they could have learned something in the last 15 years or leave their economically depressed areas. Instead they blame the Chinese (who make up their own steel and coal) or Mexican picking strawberries 2000 miles west in California.
Have you seen an unemployed handyman? A poor plumber or electrician? A HVAC technician?
Even during the real estate crash, there was work if you had a trade.
The guy who cleaned my pool was a humble handyman, but man he worked his ass off, working long hours doing residential and commercial pool cleaning. And the job is quite simple actually. But guess what? He makes a shitload of money enough to support his family, help his grandchildren and has spare change to support his Harley Davidson hobbies.
The guy who used to cut my grass ran (still runs) a "Christian" landscaping service (good family guy, very humble.) He is able to support his family doing nothing but cutting grass.
Times are hard, but they aren't the apocalypse. Just because times are hard that does not mean you will not get what you put in. It's not like we are in a 3rd world shantytown with nothing but garbage cans to peruse for valuables or something.