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The Disappearing Jobs

Everyone is aware of the fact that unemployment is high. But it might not be so obvious that some jobs are simply disappearing, and won't come back again. That alone has a lot to do with the unemployment rate.  A web site called 24/7 Wallstreet. Com recently published a list of the jobs which are disappearing.

They listed ten, but we can focus on just a few here.

See the 24/7 article here:  http://247wallst.com/special-report/2012/08/29/americas-10-disappearing-jobs/

Among those jobs they listed were desktop publishers, textile machine operators and setters and shoe leather workers. The reason the jobs are going away? Automation. Advances in robotics and software mean that machines are quickly taking over whole categories of jobs. Jobs many workers were once dependent on for careers. Now the work those jobs required is either being shifted to other human beings, who can perform those tasks along with the other work they do, or the work is being handed off to machines. Among the more notable jobs mentioned on the list are semiconductor production and postal work. The semiconductors or computer chips have now become so complex that human hands are simply too big to do the job. And the United States Post Office says the organization is losing 57 million dollars a year. They say the cost of benefits and salaries is becoming too much to handle. And automation again, is taking over the work human beings used to do. The solution for us mere humans? Take a good tally of our skills which can still be used in the workplace, and seek out new jobs. And it would be smart to get into work that machines and software just can't do.

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