Mike Rowe: ‘When you pay attention to big chunks of people who typically are ignored, interesting things happen’

Mike Rowe revealed what he thinks is really ailing the American job market.

The former “Dirty Jobs” host told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that Americans are “spoiled” and lack a sense of wonder which has contributed to problems in the job market.

Rowe pointed out that in some parts of the U.S., welders can make as much as $140,000 a year.

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“Maybe one of the barriers, really, are the people guiding them in schools at the secondary level are all liberal arts and poetry majors, not that there’s anything wrong with that,” Carlson asked his guest on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Monday. “They don’t see the dignity in welding, maybe. Is that part of the problem?”

“I think that may be part of the problem,” Rowe replied. “We’re also spoiled in that wonderful way that any advanced society becomes when they flip the switch on and they don’t pause for a second to say, ‘holy crap! I can’t believe the lights came on again.’”

“We’re not properly gobsmacked by the reality of the situation we live in,” he added. “Consequently, the people who are on the front lines of those jobs are by and large transparent.”

Rowe noted that focusing on the people who are largely ignored in society is what made his show, “Dirty Jobs,” a success and was a major factor in the 2016 election.

“We certainly saw that on Dirty Jobs,” he said. “Honestly, that’s why that show worked. That’s also why, to some degree, the election turned out the way it did.”

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Rowe added, “When you pay attention to big chunks of people who typically are ignored, interesting things happen.”

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