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3 million jobs) and professional and business services (18 million jobs). The smallest number of jobs in the service sector was provided by the information subsector (3 million jobs). 9 million jobs), although the number of manufacturing jobs was shrinking while the number of construction jobs was rising. 18 per hour. The difference is even more pronounced when factoring in the cost of benefits such as paid leave, insurance, and retirement. 30. Because average wages, including benefits provided, are higher in manufacturing than in services, some observers view the shift in employment from goods-producing to service-providing as a change from ‘‘good’’ to ‘‘bad’’ jobs.

2 million workers. Fifteen percent of these layoff events were permanent, due mainly to company restructuring. These closures affected 210,903 workers. The industries that were most affected were those involved in the manufacture of computer and electronic products, machinery, textiles, and clothing. In addition, overseas relocation of business affected 13,000 workers in manufacturing industries in 2003 (representing 9% of all layoffs). More than 40% of these relocations were to Mexico. pdf), the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 277 mass layoff events involving movement of work resulting in the layoffs of 53,628 workers in 2005.

S. pdf (accessed February 28, 2008) SOURCE: workers reported they did not leave the office for a lunch break. Forty-five percent reported they had less time for lunch than they ever had. A frequently expressed motivation for staying on the job was a fear of being downsized. An earlier study by BLS economists Philip L. Rones, Randy E. Ilg, and Jennifer M. Gardner (‘‘Trends in the Hours of Work since the Mid-1970s’’ Monthly Labor Review, April 1997) attributed growth in the share of workers reporting very long workweeks to a shift in employment toward high-hour, increased responsibility occupations such as managers, professionals, and certain sales workers.

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