Fans of Mike Rowe loved his recent interview with a 28-year-old female welder on his podcast. The Dirty Jobs host sat down with Chloe Hudson, a “rock star” who received a scholarship from Rowe’s foundation, to talk about her life as a tradeswoman.
“Mike — The conversation on the current episode of your podcast is among the most important conversations I’ve ever heard. Chloe Hudson has a message the country needs to hear. Will there be a video of your conversation? I hope so. Thank you again for giving this remarkable welder a platform to share her story. What an inspiration!”
“Yep, she’s a rock star,” Rowe responded, sharing a clip of the interview.
Several people agreed with that sentiment.
In the video, Hudson explains America should strive for independence in the marketplace and stop relying on purchasing oil or steel from other countries.
“I enjoyed this episode so much because there are so many younger workers who are passionate about their trades but do not get a platform where they can openly share their enthusiasm,” one person wrote. “… Very glad that this podcast is available. Hopefully, more young workers can be inspired by her episode.”
“We need more fair-minded young men and women like this smart and lovely lady,” another person posted.
Hudson got her start as a welder thanks to a “work ethic scholarship“ she received from mikeroweWORKS, according to the podcast description. She now earns more than six figures, Rowe noted.
Mike Rowe: Americans Take Blue-Collar Workers for Granted
Mike Rowe said the growing number of open jobs in America is a “reflection of what we value.” In an interview with Fox News, Rowe said the job market is in upheaval because Americans don’t value blue-collar work.
“There’s something in us … where we begin to resent the very thing we rely upon,” he said. “This whole problem, this disconnect, this skills gap — 11 million open jobs — this isn’t a mystery. This is a reflection of what we value. … We’re not properly gobsmacked when we turn on the switch and the lights come on or when we flush the toilet and it all goes away. And it’s not a great mystery why our kids aren’t eager to fill these positions. We take them for granted ourselves.”
Though, that’s an incomplete picture of the country’s job market. A record number of people quit their jobs last month in what economists are calling “The Great Resignation,” CBS News said. But most of those defections didn’t come from blue-collar workers. Workers in the fields of recreation, arts and entertainment, and government work had the highest quit rate last month.
Blue-collar jobs are booming in the COVID-19 era, CNBC pointed out earlier this year, as many workers can make more money in those fields. Manual labor jobs such as construction workers saw the highest jump in pay in recent years, and those wages continue to rise.