7 Middle Class Jobs Vanishing In America

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The American economy has been gaining strength for several years, yet we've recovered less than half the jobs we lost. Many say this is because businesses don't want to spend the cash to hire. Others blame it on companies shipping jobs to cheaper hands overseas. But according to an analysis by The Associated Press, most of those jobs have completely vanished, perhaps for our lifetimes, because of tech that's here to stay.

In the past few tight years, companies have been all the more eager to adopt new technology, if it meant shaving off some labor costs. This has happened over and over again since the industrial revolution; technological advancements lead to bouts of higher unemployment. But in the end, new and more sophisticated jobs are made, and productivity and living standards rise.

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Unfortunately, those periods of transition can be long and tortured. And according to the Associated Press, we've only just begun.

It isn't just assembly line workers who risk replacement by robot; many service-sector jobs -- the largest pillar of our workforce -- disappeared during the recession, and continue to disappear during the recovery. Many white collar jobs that require bachelor's degrees have felt the squeeze too. As long as a brilliant wunderkind can write a piece of software to do the job, the job is no longer safe.

Here are seven middle class jobs that are currently vanishing:




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sophier64

Our job market is TERRIBLE. Even people w/ degrees are getting layed off. But, the truth is POLITICS; if you can kiss good butt it seems that you may have an opportunity to get a job. The sad thing is that;you cannot replace everything w/ computers. No,matter how hard they try. Be lucky if you have a job in today's economy.

February 06 2013 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Paul Coyle

Losing jobs to other nations with lower pay and no benefits. Losing jobs because of technological advances that require less people. Conclusion; who will have the money to buy their products...robots?!?!

January 29 2013 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PATRICE

what.

January 29 2013 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drj516

"The American economy has been gaining strength for several years, yet we've recovered less than half the jobs we lost. Many say this is because businesses don't want to spend the cash to hire. Others blame it on companies shipping jobs to cheaper hands overseas. But according to an analysis by The Associated Press, most of those jobs have completely vanished, perhaps for our lifetimes, because of tech that's here to stay."

Please tell me that robots and software are going to repair our roads and rebuild our bridges. If not, please add to your "others" list a House of Representatives ruled by a majority of "No." They were elected on promises of "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs," and have offered no Jobs Bills in the last 4 years.

Perhaps they are planning on waiting to have robots replace voters. Then they don't have to spend millions lying to real, live, people.

January 26 2013 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Abigail Clark

The good news is these are mostly jobs that no one wants to do. Who actually wants to be a meter reader? Imagine if there was a way to have all of the crappy, tedious jobs done by machine, and human beings split up the work that was left in some way that was fair. I'm not talking about socialism, I'm just saying if we made it illegal for companies to work salaried employees 80 a week, they would be forced to hire two people. Then two people have a good, instead of one of them having a crappy job and one being unemployed. If everyone in the world who wanted a job had one, I bet we would all only have to work 20 or 30 hours a week, and this at decent jobs sine the crappy ones are disappearing. That is what human progress should look like, if we can ever figure it out.

January 26 2013 at 2:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MPBcroft

They missed out librarians. I foolishly sought a masters in librarianship (Library Science as it's known in the US), but the role has become obsolete because there's little that a qualified librarian can do these days, that can't be done using computers by people without qualifications.

January 26 2013 at 1:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rexitalia

Ahhhhhhh and this is news to who? It is no secret that companies are just not hiring, no secret that unless you 21 -35 bright eyed and idealistic your not going to be even considered for an even entry level position. You can have superlative experience , a proven track record and degrees to back you up and still zitch . I am one of those , cannot even get an interview . So much for the non existant hope and chnage we were and are promised by our beloved leader. He is too busy hop nobing with Hollywood types and his cronies in Congress like Harry reid and HRH Pelosi to do anything for us but promise the world and deliver NOTHING.

January 25 2013 at 9:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Iselin007

There will be plenty of jobs in the deceased businesses with all these shootings. The more jobs lost the more the economy declines creating more trouble makers. Hire more workers por make out your will!

January 25 2013 at 8:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bootxpp

Obama needs to quit spending all our money and rasiing our taxes to get more of it and let the people use there own money to start small bussnesses and employ people!!!

January 25 2013 at 5:16 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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bootxpp

Is this some kind of phony Obama excuse for why were all unemployed and the encomy is bad???

January 25 2013 at 5:12 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Lisa

Oh yes of course he has all of these article written just to make himself look good! Get a grip!

January 25 2013 at 6:24 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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bootxpp

Young lady and I use that term because your youthful naiveté shows, the left wing media picks up on Obama's lame excuse that modernization is causing us to lose jobs and that's why he can't fix are economy. Or another words we have no more jobs because robots took them all so don't expect Obama to change are economic situation anytime soon??? And the left wing media who's in Obama's pocket repeat that message not to make themselves look good but because they hope the America people will buy it and quit bugging their boss Obama about the economy while he creates socialism not capitalism for us which he thinks is so much better but which has never worked successfully anywhere in the world??? Many countries have tried communism only to find far from spreading the wealth they turn into cruel dictatorships!!!

January 25 2013 at 6:45 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down
rexitalia

They want you to drink the Kool Aid they are drunk on so you see things thier way. Hope some more and you will get change. That will come in the form of a forecloser ,a repossed car, a nice tenament apt complete with rats , mice and assorted vermin. If you don't want that well thats too bad our dear elected officials think that you should be dependent on uncle Sam for subsistance after all he gave you everything you have , you had nothing to do with it... if you believe this drivel the media (govt controlled ) is feeding you you deserve eveything you get.

January 25 2013 at 9:42 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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