17 Facts That Prove That The Quality Of Jobs In America Is Going Down The Drain

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Drain - Public DomainDo you wish that you had a better job?  If so, you are not alone.  In fact, there are millions upon millions of Americans that get up every day and go to a job that they wish that they could afford to quit.  Unfortunately, most Americans end up just desperately holding on to the jobs that they have because just about any job is valuable in this economic environment.  Over the past decade, the long-term trends that are destroying jobs in America have accelerated.  We have seen countless numbers of jobs shipped overseas, we have seen countless numbers of jobs replaced by technology, we have seen countless numbers of jobs taken by immigrants and we have seen countless numbers of jobs lost to the overall decline of the once great U.S. economy.  Unfortunately, even though we can all see this happening, our “leaders” have failed to come up with any solutions.  And since there are so many of us that are desperate for jobs these days, employers know that they don’t have to pay as much.  The balance of supply and demand in the employment marketplace has radically shifted in their favor.  So less workers are getting health insurance these days, less workers are getting retirement plans and once you adjust for inflation our paychecks have been getting smaller for years.  Needless to say, all of this is absolutely eviscerating the middle class.  The following are 17 facts that prove that the quality of jobs in America is going down the drain…


#1 A study conducted by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity is projecting that the number of college graduates that will be entering the workforce in the U.S. this decade will be nearly three times as high as the growth in the number of jobs that require at least a Bachelor’s degree.

#2 Only four of the twenty fastest growing occupations in America require a Bachelor’s degree or better.

#3 It is hard to believe, but in America today one out of every ten jobs is now filled by a temp agency.

#4 At this point, 53 percent of all wage earners in the United States make less than $30,000 a year.

#5 Approximately one out of every four part-time workers in America is living below the poverty line.

#6 One out of every three grocery store workers in the state of California is on some form of public assistance.

#7 Due to the decline in the quality of our jobs, income inequality in the United States has grown to frightening levels.  The following is an excerpt from a recent Politico editorial that was written by a very wealthy individual…

The divide between the haves and have-nots is getting worse really, really fast. In 1980, the top 1 percent controlled about 8 percent of U.S. national income. The bottom 50 percent shared about 18 percent. Today the top 1 percent share about 20 percent; the bottom 50 percent, just 12 percent.

But the problem isn’t that we have inequality. Some inequality is intrinsic to any high-functioning capitalist economy. The problem is that inequality is at historically high levels and getting worse every day. Our country is rapidly becoming less a capitalist society and more a feudal society. Unless our policies change dramatically, the middle class will disappear, and we will be back to late 18th-century France. Before the revolution.

And so I have a message for my fellow filthy rich, for all of us who live in our gated bubble worlds: Wake up, people. It won’t last.

#8 In 2007, the average household in the top 5 percent had 16.5 times as much wealth as the average household overall.  But now the average household in the top 5 percent has 24 times as much wealth as the average household overall.

#9 In terms of median wealth per adult, the United States is now in just 19th place in the world.

#10 Our paychecks just keep getting smaller.  Median household income in the United States is about 7 percent lower than it was in the year 2000 after adjusting for inflation.

#11 During the last recession, the U.S. economy lost millions of middle class jobs.  But during this “recovery”, most of the jobs that have been “created” have been low paying jobs.  The following is from the New York Times

During the recession, employment declined across the board, but 60 percent of the net job losses occurred in middle-income occupations with median hourly wages of $13.84 to $21.13. In contrast, these occupations have accounted for less than a quarter of the net job gains in the recovery, while low-wage occupations with median hourly wages of $7.69 to $13.83 have accounted for more than half of these gains.

#12 Due to a lack of decent jobs, half of all college graduates are still relying on their parents financially when they are two years out of school.

#13 According to one survey, 76 percent of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

#14 Back in the 1980s, over 20 percent of the jobs in the U.S. were manufacturing jobs.  Today, only about 9 percent of the jobs in the U.S. are manufacturing jobs.

#15 One recent study discovered that all job growth in America since the year 2000 has gone to immigrants.

#16 Another recent study found that 47 percent of unemployed Americans have “completely given up” looking for a job.

#17 The plight of unemployed workers is likely going to continue to get even worse as technology replaces more of our low paying jobs.  For example, McDonald’s plans to experiment by replacing thousands of workers in Europe with touch screen terminals.  Will we soon see the same thing in America?

Almost all of us know someone that is working a low quality job.

Perhaps you find yourself stuck in such a situation.

And when you are slaving away day after day, week after week for next to nothing, it can really suck the life right out of you.

Just consider what one restaurant cook named Ruben goes through on a daily basis

Ruben has worked as a cook at the Golden Corral restaurant chain for more than five years, and still only earns $8 per hour.

He has been living with his mother because he can’t afford a place on his own. But now she is about to move into an assisted living facility so he has no idea where he will go.

His job is in Maryland, so he takes the bus from D.C. every day. The last train home leaves at 11:24 p.m., so on nights when he works later than 11:30 p.m. he walks two hours home because he can’t afford a cab.

He says he’s scared to ask for a raise because he’s worried that they will let him go and find someone else willing to take the low wage.

Other Americans have found themselves dumped out of the middle class in recent years and forced to take just about anything that they can find.  A recent Huffington Post piece documented the plight of a formerly middle class couple named David and Barbara Ludwig…

In August 2008, factory workers David and Barbara Ludwig treated themselves to new cars—David a Dodge pickup, Barbara a sporty Mazda 3. With David making $22 an hour and Barbara $19, they could easily afford the payments.

A month later, Baldwin Hardware, a unit of Stanley Black & Decker, announced layoffs at the Reading plant where they both worked. David was unemployed for 20 months before finding a janitor job that paid $10 an hour, less than half his previous wage. Barbara hung on, but she, too, lost her shipping-dock job of 26 years as Black & Decker shifted production to Mexico. Now she cleans houses for $10 an hour while looking for something permanent.

They still have the cars. The other trappings of their middle-class lifestyle? In the rear-view mirror.

So what about you?

Do you have a similar story to share?

What are things like in your area of the country?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

  • alohajim

    What’s the point here? Have the government ‘do something’? The whole freaking thing is rigged and fake and the real problem, the source of all the crappy jobs by souless corporations, is our currency, it too is ‘fake’ and created from nothing by bankers. Develop a real skill in creating a product or service that people are willing to buy, best you invest in yourself. Crying for ‘good’ jobs from governments or corporations won’t help. Lots of things you read on the internet are cleverly designed to get you to think like a slave and victim.

    • TruthIsAll

      You’ve hit the nail on the head for why these issues never get solved. The victims of broken systems keep buying into the promises of those that create them. There’s a reason two parties are allowed to exist. False paradigms trick people into believing one side will do better than the other. How soon we forget over the course of eight years. But of course this is exactly what TPTB want. It’s what the elitists want. A distracted mass of proles at the bottom guided with a carrot on a stick they will never get while chained to the plows of their masters.

      It will end when people break out of the false paradigm, rise up, and start removing the corrupted people in power. The cyclical nature of history is lends credence to this. The only way to stop that cycle is through the abuse of technology to control our minds and bodies.

      No secret why authoritarians are often also technocrats. But that’s a subject for another day.

      • seth datta

        The people are made sick, mentally and spiritually weak, in the technocrats image. Any uprising done in the west will be subverted, and the masses will wonder how the snare ended up ever tighter.

    • Gavin Smith

      Yes, the government creates this kind of environment with its policies.

    • seth datta

      So true. The internet is a medium of control rather than truth.

      I still think places outside the English speaking west and europe will prevail over the kind of global Communism/communitarianism that the banksters have staged for us.

  • Handog

    And when you are slaving away day after day, week after week for next to nothing, it can really suck.

    Historically when the divide between the rich and the poor becomes too great the pitchforks come out. Now they hand out food stamps and Obama phones to quiet the peasants.

    “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

    Alexis de Tocqueville

    • Gavin Smith

      I’ve got my pitchfork ready.

      • kfilly

        I plan on using something better than a pitch fork. Tar and feathers.

    • Darth Maul

      The American public is NEVER going to wake up!

      Just wait until the next elections. It will be the same again.

      • seth datta

        Somewhat true, but the voting counters are rigged.

    • seth datta

      You need to outlast these evil banksters. Preferably outside the west/europe.

      We do not live in an age where guns matter so more. Modern technology such as drones, informational warfare, convenience, cashless economy (coming) and a variety of other technological systems you are not aware of renders guns almost next to useless, in this newer form of tyranny.

      • Handog

        Agreed, any uprising will be squashed by weapons paid for by the people being squashed.

  • PurpleWings

    I was unemployed for 18 months before I *finally* got a job as a cashier. At Walmart. I’ve been in this job for two years now and it’s hard not to let it suck my soul away sometimes. It’s a paycheck, and I’m grateful for a paycheck, but I’ve made more money in the past and I have some skills and an associate’s degree. In the past few months I’ve tried once again looking for another job in areas where I know I can apply the skills I have, but so far have found nothing. There is just not enough in my area and apparently still many other people looking for jobs. Thankfully my husband has a very good job that he’s been at for 13 years, we have health insurance, and the bills are getting paid. I know plenty of people (most of whom are my fellow co-workers) who are worse off than I am, but it’s still a mental struggle at times.

  • marty

    Listen to Charles Bukowski read his poem Dinosauria We on you tube .All coming to pass and he wrote it years ago.

  • Firstgarden

    Plutocracy wins.
    Everyone else loses.

    • seth datta

      Plutocracy = Satan’s chosen people

      • Firstgarden

        Why, a most jolly succinct definition, laddy.

  • Oldphartbsa

    My salary was frozen in 2006 until the end of 2013 when I got a 2% raise. I’m going backwards, but the workload increased 15% in January when we purchased the locations of our competition.
    I’m fortunate in that I deliberately chose to for-go two thirds of my income ten years ago to be able to work close to home…I can triple my income fairly easily by taking a position in the city, but would rather not. I don’t want the commute nor the extra stress in my life…but I’m looking. Have been offered positions in Alaska (no damned way, too cold) and South America (wife isn’t comfortable in non-English speaking areas) for various gold and other mines. Still here, absorbing the abuse.

    • marty

      Hate to say this but your actually very lucky to still have a job .good luck to you.

      • Oldphartbsa

        VERY aware of that. I’m also lucky in that I was too dumb to tie myself down with second and third mortgages and other debt back before 2008. Compared to many, I’m in a relatively good life position.

    • FreeThinker

      Thank you for sharing your story. Many Americans are making a wage that they were making 20 years ago. Meanwhile, the cost of living, the cost of higher education, the cost of job training, almost everything has soared out of budget for many middle-class Americans. When people work so hard and so many hours out of the day and still cannotpay their bills, it can make one feel very defeated. The way things are can make one wonder why they should even bother going to work if everything they make is just going to the taxman and bill collectors.

      Since you are not interested in Alaska or S. America, are there openings for others that are willing to relocate to those areas?

      • seth datta

        Teach English as a foreign language.
        Good pay.
        Free accommodation.
        Go to Chile (like US in the good days)

      • fghryg

        Yes. The taxes I have to pay now are sickening.

    • K2

      Prepare to go to south america if the job and working conditions there are good and long lasting, and tell your wife to learn spanish?

      Whats the problem in doing this. Arent people that dont know english coming here and learning english?

  • Darth Maul

    It won’t last.

    The rich guy is wrong. It WILL last. Because the filthy rich own everything, but most important: They own our government, they own our jobs.

    In Brazil, people live in favelas. So there is enough room to go from Suburbia to a favela. You will see it in the future – unless militarized police ships you off to a FEMA camp, which will be worse.

    Or the rich could enslave us. Who will rise against them? The sedated American public? Get real!

    • seth datta

      Most jobs are make-work of no value. The average citizen is not middle class as they would need to own some of the means of the production of goods. The rich are merely wicked rent seekers making cash of taxing land and slavery(investment) in the populations of third world nations.

      How many Western peoples (as a percentage of the population) have REAL skills. Most service sector jobs, like selling apple products etc, sell our enslavement to us and are manned by people, most of whom could not survive without the nanny state.

  • xander cross

    From 1 to 17, all of those are performed by Michael’s favorite company, Amazon.

  • seth datta

    Staying in work till an older age!
    Uber-competition for the younger generation!

    Last man standing wins. Except there’ll be nothing left TO win.

  • piccadillybabe

    Some people are so clueless they still think you can move some place else and get a better job with better pay. They don’t realize that every state in the country, every industry and all sectors of society have been affected by this economic down turn. There is no getting away from it by moving. If you do move, just realize you will be facing the same scenario more or less, probably more. There seems to be very little optimism and hope for the future anymore. As Americans, we were always led to believe that the sky was the limit if we worked hard to achieve our goals. Now days, most are spinning their wheels and going nowhere fast. Time to slow down and take stock of your life and make the best of it.

  • condaggit2

    And dont forget age discrimination is rampant…Employers have a new trick they put the dumbest most clueless 22 year old to scan the resumes, and if there is something not there like a 4 year degree she will toss it……doesn’t matter you had a few fantastic high level jobs that never required it……she is put there on purpose to keep the older undesirables from even getting an interview

    I can’t think of the last time I had an intelligent older adult interview me.

  • Vic Moore

    I don’t know if anyone else has noticed BUT, does it seem that things are getting kind a strange here in “our” world? Deceitfulness is at an all-time high. Lawlessness is following right behind it…

    Does it seem like every day a child or young person takes their life and/or the lives of others?
    How about the fact that now, right is wrong and wrong is right? No one is interested in the truth and those that are outspoken about the Truth are condemned and sited as Racists or Bigots.

    It seems to me that God is judging America. He is doing so by giving us leaders that WE deserve. Due to our apathy and the fact that we have walked away from the truth, God is Judging America and also the World. We have allowed evil people to gain access to positions of power within this country and the world and they are wreaking
    havoc on the human race. This is all foretold in the Bible. If you do not know how this story ends, you need to find out. Time is Short!

    Unfortunately folks it is going to get worse before it gets better…. And the ending is not pretty for those who do not find the truth.

    There is only one way you can be spared from the devastation
    that is in the near future of the world.

    You may ask yourself, What must I do??????

    Trust in Jesus Christ, the son of God and the Savior of mankind.


    1.) Understand that you are a sinner (everyone, EVERYONE) You may try to argue this point. That is OK, but if you have ever, lied,
    gossiped, bragged, been prideful, been arrogant, self-righteous, etc. etc. you have put the nail in your own coffin. None of that arguments) matters, might as well just admit it. Don’t argue with GOD!

    2.) Believe that Jesus was God’s son and was the Christ the savior of the world.

    3.) Believe that he died for our sins (the sins of the whole world)

    4.) Believe that he rose on the 3 day to show us that we could have eternal life.

    5.) Ask him to save you personally and tell him now you want to live for him

    Why don’t you take out “Life Insurance” for Eternal Life! It is FREE I hope to see you all in Heaven.

  • A. Crusader

    That is the change stupid sheeple voted for….not once, but twice.