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Posted: May 9, 2012 in the Self-pity goes to 11

KrugMonster’s column

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  1. Basically, I should be doing ANYTHING else.

  2. we aren’t bulidling shit, its obvious as hell. I feel so bad for you and everyone in a profession that depends on building. Thats why my son had to leave plumbing which he had done his entire adult life….no work.

  3. That’s nationwide stats, too.. You can imagine how it is in Wisconsin, with Turdwaffle’s WORST JOB RECORD IN THE COUNTRY.

  4. mikey says:

    Wow. That’s…amazing. So what are they replacing y’all with? Can one dood now do the work of four? Is there software that does architectural design – just plug in some specs and bam! out comes a set of planz? Sure, home construction is down, but why is the impact so disproportionate on architects, even the breathing kind?

    It’s funny, because there’s a lot of little hidden trends that people don’t see. For example, there’s about half the sales and customer service people employed compared to twenty years ago. Why? ECommerce. You make so many purchases without EVER needing to interact with a human. Welders are a dying breed – robots are not just cheaper, they’re better, and they don’t care about joining the union. A commercial printer needed a whole DEPARTMENT for camera and paste-up. Now it’s one dood, two macs and three platesetters. All these trends, coupled with moving lots of lower end jobs offshore and a long-term depressed economy – about the only job that’s safe is doctor and trigger-puller.

    Somebody needs to explain to me why I should have ANY hope at all for the future…

  5. So what are they replacing y’all with?

    1. FAR less work.
    2. Younger folks, and laying off the older folks (true of every field, but accelerated)
    3. Terror. Fear of losing everything is making it easy to force people to work twice as hard for half the pay. (that’s literal; I have a friend, who, after his firm went through two rounds of layoffs, they gave him a 50% pay cut.)
    4. Outsourcing to CAD jockeys in India and China.

    Somebody needs to explain to me why I should have ANY hope at all for the future…

    Well, you’re in the wrong place for that, today at least. If we don’t kick Turdwaffle right the fuck out, I may have to give one of my friends a call and see if he can swing a gig for me driving cab.

  6. Nobody’s building a damn thing.

    -Governments are all in Austerity Hysteria, and the only thing anyone gives a fuck about building is bigger highways to dying suburbs.
    -Commercially, nobody can get a loan to build a damn thing, even if they wanted to; but demand is flat, so why is anyone going to build anything? It would be stupid on its face.
    -the 1% can’t build THAT many mansions.
    -If anyone can manage to get a mortgage, there are thousands of foreclosed homes that can be snapped up; but anyone with a brain won’t bother, because the paper trail on those are all so fucked up, they’ll either try to erroneously foreclose on a new loan, or eventually the banks will give up and abandon the homes; municipalities will become the defacto owners, and you can pick them up for pennies on the dollar in a few years.

  7. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© says:

    As Atrios says, we are ruled by idiots.

  8. fish says:

    Zombie came to mind as soon as I saw that graph. 😦

  9. I disagree, thunder.

    Some of them are evil and hate other people.

  10. another kiwi says:

    Woot, go science! Only gained a hunnert thirty percent unemployment.
    I see that Poets are not mentioned, heh heh. No it is not Arts and/or entertainment. it is Poetry and would have it’s own sector.

  11. Kathleen says:

    HOly fuck dude

  12. Brando says:

    Lawyers seem to have a lot of job security, no matter how poorly they treat their wastebaskets.

  13. That’s an interesting data point, isn’t it? I wonder how the data was reported. I have been following a couple of discussions at LGM about the way law schools kind of misrepresent the prospects for law graduates; from what I understand, the few lawyers who get legal jobs right out of college stay employed; but there are a lot of students who never get into a real legal profession, for quite some time if ever. So if you never get a job as a lawyer, and find one in a kind-of related area, are they counted as unemployed lawyers?

    On the other hand, maybe lawyers are just seeing a slightly tougher job market for their services, and are whinging uncontrollably, looking for sympathy.

  14. Kathleen says:

    I wondered the same myself when I saw that. If it used data from law schools, it’s definitely not accurate. OTOH few ppl whine as much as lawyers.

  15. Kathleen says:


  16. Brando says:

    My guess is it probably doesn’t include college grads who don’t find jobs.

    The sad thing is how many of those industries college students would have considered very safe professions just a few years ago. Fuck that engineering degree and get a dual BA in Chinese and Finance.

  17. M. Bouffant says:

    I think an A.A. in toilet swabbing/bedpan cleaning from your local J.C. is all you’ll need for the jobs of the future.

  18. I just need a largish hammer.

  19. Mental Illness is a growth field, though. But in Austerity Hysteria, not a livable choice.

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