Jobs that were popular in 2000 that have almost disappeared

In 2000, the world wide web was barely a decade old, and the first big internet tech boom was only beginning to threaten incumbent industries. Watching videos at home and listening to music still involved walking to an actual store, and the overwhelming majority of Americans got their news from TV or print newspapers. A lot has changed since the turn of the millennium, and to take a look at how the economy has been transformed, we found 20 jobs that employed hundreds of thousands of people in 2000 that are only a fraction of that size today. Using data from the 2000 Census and the 2017 American Community Survey assembled by the Minnesota Population Center’s Integrated Public Use Microdata Series project, we looked at what industries had the biggest percent drops in employment between then and now. 2018 Operation Ultrasonic Shoes Insole Making Machine For our analysis, we looked at industries that had at least 100,000 people employed in 2000. We also excluded military branches and a handful of “catchall” industrial groupings used by the Census, instead focusing on specific industries in the civilian sector. Textiles and apparel manufacturing, non-digital publis...

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