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The Economic Perspective: “Disappearing Jobs”

Mary:  This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at disappearing jobs.  Mike, one of the most important pieces of information about the economy is based on two words, “who’s hiring.”  Both existing workers and new workers want to know where the jobs are.  But let’s turn this statement around and ask, where the jobs aren’t.  That is, what are the kinds of jobs that are going away?


Mike: Summary Answer

  • There was a recent study that looked at the occupations losing the largest percentage of their numbers between 2015 and 2019
  • Did for each state
  • In NC: word processors and typists, down 75%
  • SC:  office machine operators, down 94%
  • Virginia: music directors and composers, off 56%
  • Georgia:  statistical assistants, down 89%
  • New York: machine tool setters and operators
  • With one exception – all jobs that can be done by machines or technology
  • For musicians and composers – consolidation among the tops
  • I’m MW


Mary:  And I’m Mary Walden for the Economic Perspective, an NC State Extension program from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.