Layoffs are down for the third month in a row — and the August numbers were at their lowest point since December 2010. According to Bloomberg data, 64.3% of Americans are currently employed.
However, “Bad Jobs on the Rise,” a new report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research, maintains that almost 25% of American workers “are in a bad job.”
A “bad job” is defined as “one that pays less than $37,000 per year, does not have employer-provided health insurance, and lacks some kind of retirement plan.”
From the CEPR:
“The main driver of the rise in bad jobs, the report argues, was the systematic decline in workers’ bargaining power since the end of the 1970s. The reports’ authors point to the fall in the inflation-adjusted value of the minimum wage, the decline in union representation, trade deals, and high unemployment as some of the key factors reducing the bargaining power of workers relative to their employers.”
Victims of Progress
So, there are bad jobs and then there are the jobs that once were. On Labor Day, columnist John Kelly of the Washington Post “[paid] homage to those jobs that have disappeared.”
“No, not those jobs that have been offshored or downsized,” Kelly wrote, “not those jobs that were the victims of economic downturn, but those jobs that were the victims of progress.”
The obsolete jobs were culled from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, published by the Department of Labor in 1939. Irish-Moss Gatherer, Grizzly Worker, Tipple Boss, Tufstayer, Rivet Flunky and Doup Fixer are just some of the occupational titles “that automation or our ‘modern’ ways have made obsolete.”
Or have they?
Though the Dictionary transitioned from hard-copy to online-only in 1998, many of the same jobs people performed in 1939 (I’m looking at you, Circus Detective) still exist today.
While “Bowling Ball Weigher” needs no further explanation, the job descriptions for “Pole Shaver,” “Cheese Cutter,” “Box Nailer,” and so forth can be found here.
And so, without further ado, per the modern-day Dictionary of Occupational Titles, Fourth Edition:
The “Yes, These Are Real Job Titles” List
The “No, Seriously, These Job Titles Actually Exist, Too” List
The “What Is a ‘Fish Pitcher’?” List
The “What Exactly Does an ‘Apron Scratcher’ Do?” List
The “Wow, I’ve Never Met a Raisin Washer Before!” List
SKIN LIFTER, BACON
The “There’s Something Called a ‘Car Chaser’?” List
SILENT BIT EXTRA
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