The most common jobs by state in 1978 to 2014. The destruction of the manufacturing industry.
The most common jobs by state
There seems to be a few overarching themes to the data:
-Dominance of truck drivers (hard to outsource)Take a look at these maps between 1978 and 2014:
-Rise and fall of secretaries (the personal computer has been a big push here)
This is a fascinating look at the evolution of work in the United States. It also plays into the overall trend of low wage labor expansion. You can see that the Mid-West had a healthy representation of manufacturing work in 1978. This is good paying work. But take a look at what has happened to that sector:
From making the products we buy and ship around the world to delivering the goods we import from abroad to our constantly cash strapped American consumer. As the employment report continues to show a continuation of job growth a good amount of the work being added is in the low wage labor sector. We also have an astounding 93 million Americans simply not participating in the labor force.
The overall evolution of work in the US has made production much more efficient but has eliminated a lot of work positions. You might have a handful of highly skilled engineers running machinery today that 30 years ago required having 200 floor workers. This seems to be the overall trend. You also have farming becoming a much more rare employment field even though food yields are through the roof. Mega-farming is heavy on machinery and low on the manual labor that once dominated the sector. So it makes you wonder how permanent these structural changes are. You have many more now going to college but many are coming out to find that there simply aren’t enough positions for their field. Latest figures show 50 percent of recent college graduates that found a job are in a position where their degree has nothing to do with their profession.
The trend to low wage labor continues and it is very likely that the middle class rhetoric is going to be a big campaign war cry in 2016.
This is not a one nation problem but a global phenomenon created by a global capitalist system. Manufacturing has largely gone from the US and other western nations too but manufacturing workers, largely in Asia, are on poverty wages and work in dire conditions whilst producing the goods, which they can't afford, for us which we once made ourselves.
For us, the working class, a crazy system. For the beneficiary class, the capitalists, a huge success.
Workers of the world must unite with the aim of abolishing the wages system in favour of open and equal access to our world's common store. Our enemy is not the factory worker but those who live off the profits from our collective labour, exploiting both people and planet at will.