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Here, from Business Insider, are where the jobs are:
I’m surprised here by two things: The first, that retail is such a big deal, and that the average salary is higher than I expected. It’s not broken down into part- and full-time categories, but still: for the average, it’s higher than I expected in an environment where consumer spending seems to be slack. My guess is that it’s a (messy) combination, but still interesting.
The second thing that surprises me is the relative resilience of manufacturing, which is probably another vague category that includes construction, but it suggests that all is not totally lost.
So, two questions:
- Assuming that it’s a good thing, how do we get manufacturing jobs inching up higher than food/hospitality/retail?
- Can we really be a nation of primarily shopkeepers/food service workers/hospitality workers? Does this graph confirm the evidence of your eyes and ears? I’m not sure it does for me, but maybe that’s a case of my not wanting to see what I don’t want to see.