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I recently listened to a CNN program called "Your Money" hosted by Ali Velshi. Discussions in the first part of the program dealt with the US debt, the banks bail-out when the economy was "teetering on the brink of disaster" - to use an oft-repeated phrase - and how much of a role the government can play in the creation of jobs that will get the economy back to performing at an acceptable level. As my attention drifted from the program a thought occurred to me that there are some job types are lost forever and people who did those jobs must look elsewhere (maybe in a totally different area) for employment.As we become more technology-driven and automated as a society more "manned" jobs will be lost to automation and therefore affect the available "jobs", which obviously has a direct effect on the unemployment rate and ultimately, the economy. Jobs such as "Telephone Operators", "Pay Phone Meter Attendants", "Newspaper Delivery Route men/women", "Newspaper Print Press Operators", among several other well-paying jobs (let's not forget postal workers who are squeezed by online and offline competition) become less available as automation and technology become more sophisticated.
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