The Company Men
January 9, 2011 by Post Team
The Company Men, If you are a travel agent, bank teller or a file clerk, or if you have a printing press, answering a switchboard or work at a sewing machine, if you repair watches or cameras, or if you doing everything that can be more expensive elsewhere, or do anything that can be done by a robot or a computer, you can feel history is against you.
An old vision of the future post-industrial – that the work could be done by machines but nothing would work – is done with a vengeance in the second decade of the 21st century.
Although the labor market of the United States this year should register at least modest gains in all states and regions more underground, many Americans who have jobs are still afraid of losing. Many who do not have jobs lest they never will find one? And although both sides fear that the recession that officially ended a year and a half ago, has accelerated the inevitable changes in the work.
Harry Holzer, a professor of government at Georgetown University and co-author of “Where are the Good Jobs Going”, says these fears are exaggerated a bit – but very understandable.
“The U.S. economy churns much more than in most countries,” he said. “Many jobs are created and destroyed, and it creates a lot of anxiety. In times of recession, insecurity is even worse. ”
Conduct of anxiety:
Globalization and automation can export or eliminate jobs not only, but all professions – living, really.
The Labor Department predicts that over the next ten years there will be fewer workers in nearly a quarter of the 750 occupations that follows, even if the total increases of 10 percent of employment.
A disproportionate number of new jobs could be the kind that, like Studs Terkel put it in his book Working, dulls the senses and breaks the spirit. ” In April, the MIT economist David Author has published a document that describes the influence of the labor market of the United States as more and more polarized, with growth in high-skill, high wages and low skills, ends low wages, and contraction in the vast middle.
Especially after a “jobless” economic recovery, the nation could end up accepting a basic level of unemployment far higher than 4-5 percent many economists and policymakers have long viewed as an indication of “full employment”.
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