Less Jobs Same Work
Our nation is producing more goods and services, with six million fewer workers.
Jimmy Richey has worked with a local franchise of cleanup crew 1-800-Got-Junk for two years and does just about everything.
He's seen his work change along with the economy.
Instead of doing one thing, he does jobs all over the office, doing more with less.
His boss, Andrew Sander says his employees know they're expected to do any job, any time it's needed.
The economy now is an economy that is doing the job with six million fewer workers, but producing the same amount of product, according to the Labor Department.
That means the nation's workers are keeping up with demand by doing more work.
But workers have more technology at their disposal now than ever before making them more efficient, but it helps eliminates jobs.
Banking transactions can be done by cell phone now, no longer requiring a teller.
Grocery stores don't need a clerk at every register with self-checkout.
For jobs that require a human being, it means a skill set that includes the ability to do everything.
Even as more people get back to work, the labor department says businesses have learned how to do business with fewer people, a trend that's friendly to the company's bottom line.