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Status:Closed    Asked:Jan 25, 2017 - 01:52 PM

Trying to compare data on various job titles over the years to discuss job destruction and creation. Any advice?

I would like to recreate something like this with my own data, Cox and Alm created this in 1992 and then again in 2002. The data has been hard to gather through BLS and the Census and I would like to be able to use one specific year for "yesterday" as opposed to the varying year.


Thank you for any advice. I am working on a book with a professor on Creative Destruction.


People Employed

Destruction

Today

Yesterday

Railroad employees

231,000

2,076,000

1920

Carriage and harness makers

*

109,000

1900

Telegraph operators

8,000

75,000

1920

Boilermakers

*

74,000

1920

Milliners

*

100,000

1910

Cobblers

25,000

102,000

1900

Blacksmiths

*

238,000

1910

Watchmakers

*

101,000

1920

Switchboard operators

213,000

421,000

1970

Farm workers

851,000

11,533,000

1910

Creation

Airline pilots and mechanics

232,000

0

1900

Medical technicians

1,379,000

0

1910

Engineers

1,846,000

38,000

1900

Computer programmers/operators

1,287,000

*

1960

Fax machine workers

699,000

0

1980

Auto mechanics

864,000

0

1900

Truck, bus and taxi drivers

3,328,000

0

1900

Professional athletes

77,000

*

1920

TV and radio announcers

60,000

*

1930

Electricians/electronic repairers

711,000

51,000

1900

Optometrists

62,000

*

1910

*Less than 5,000

DATA SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of the Census

 
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Jeff Bloem

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A table of this sort should be reproducible using data from IPUMS-CPS. The CPS includes annual and monthly surveys, performed by the BLS, that provides information on the US labor force, employment, unemployment, etc. In particular there is information on each individual's primary occupation and industry of employment.

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