No Manufacturing Jobs But More Waiters And Bartenders Than Ever

Tyler Durden's picture

The New Abnormal is turning out to be quite an embarrassment for Obama's "manufacturing renaissance" agenda not to mention high paying, manufacturing jobs but at least it explains why Bernanke doesn't mind sending the USD surging when all other central banks are now talking their currencies down (especially if it means fresh S&P records benefiting the 0.1%): after all, if you have nothing to export, who cares what the relative value of your currency is.

There is good news however. Even as the manufacturing jobs continue to collapse, posting their fourth consecutive monthly drop in June to 11.964 million jobs, minimum wage waiters and bartenders have never been happier. In June Restaurant and Bar employees just hit a new all time high of 10,339,800 workers, increasing by a whopping 51,700 in one month. 

Summarizing the "economy" of Bernanke and Obama: in 2013 239,000 minimum wage restaurant and bar jobs have been created. As for manufacturing jobs: 13,000.

New Abnormal indeed.

Behold an economy dominated by waiters and bartenders.

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otto skorzeny's picture

more low-wage college-debt serfs serving high-cal shit to overpaid .gov employee fatties.

dwdollar's picture

It's the last great bubble... thanks to cheap subsizided food... by you guessed it.

Anonymous peon's picture

Subsidized anything is anything but cheap.  If the government were not involved at all and I paid the farmer directly, both the farmer and I would have more money.

Lore's picture

Your kids can get an MBA in "Hospitality Management."  It's da bomb.

"GRADUATE PLACEMENT: Several large corporations involved with the hospitality industry, and management companies offer internship programs, management training programs, and direct placements into all sort of operational, non-operational departments of hospitality and tourism sector for students majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management."

francis_sawyer's picture

It takes 10 Puerto Rican 'slaves' to serve one jew banker in New York...

Parisnights's picture

Jamie dimon to Francis sawyer--Is that a swastika in your pocket or are you happy to see me?

wee-weed up's picture

Yep... ObamaCare dictates makes it impossible to stay in business unless you make most of your employees 30 hrs or less...

so naturally, the number of part-time jobbers in the country will explode.

Thanks, Obummer! Just in time to celebrate the Fifth Annual Summer of Recovery!

Clueless Economist's picture

But...but..Zandi and Liesman told be that the jobs recovery is gaining steam and we will be sub 7% by the end of the year and sub 6% by the end of 2014.

I don't know which one of those 2 CNBS shills I want to punch in the mouth more.

FreedomGuy's picture

Punch them both and see which one feels better. Call them "Tool!" as you do.

Jumbotron's picture

It's called supply and demand.  The demand for booze to lessen the pain and forget the outrages is higher than ever.  Hence we need more booze slingers.

Jumbotron's picture

Plus...(a little OT, but not much) Hostess with their new non-union supply chain have to freeze Twinkies now and have the vendor defrost them before putting them on the shelf.

There ya go....a good reason to have unions, namely fresh Twinkies, the name of industrialized serfdom.



Silveramada's picture

and that , sure, affects gold and silver paper price for a meaningful move toward support levels that  I wrote about 2 days ago...

what a joke!

B2u's picture

College grads are handed their diplomas and are asked "Do you want fries with that?"

General Decline's picture

As seen on a toilet paper roll dispenser in the liberal arts building at the local university:

" Diplomas - take one"

sun tzu's picture

Go to any liberal website (Puffington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Dailykooks etc ) and some brainwashed noob will insist that social sciences, ethnic/gender studies, and liberal arts are much harder majors than math, engineering, science, medicine, and computer programming. If it wasn't so sad, it would be funny.

sun tzu's picture

LOL you hit the nail on the head

alangreedspank's picture

I'll somewhat play devil's advocate by saying a waiter/bartender can make a whole lots more than a (non-unionized) assembly line worker... I've worked these jobs, they're not a panacea either.

More high tech/IT jobs are needed.

SheepDog-One's picture

YAY moar drones pilots and surveilance camera operators! Get a loan, go to ITT Tech....spend next 50 years paying it back!

alangreedspank's picture

You don't need that big of a degree to work in IT (security, sys/net admin, dev, etc. no drone pilots in there really) and get a decent salary. College is overkill if you've got the skills. We have those 1 year classes you can take and pay out of pocket around here (granted, they're 10-15k, but still you'll pay it back quick).


cifo's picture

The IT jobs go to India.

alangreedspank's picture

....and they come back cause you can only do so much with them Indians.

sun tzu's picture

They come back to H1B workers here.

otto skorzeny's picture

sure-you can buy a house, 2 cars and put the kids through college from your tips at Applebee's.

alangreedspank's picture

And a manufacturing job can ? Bartenders who actually know their stuff can make pretty good money (less so since the government decided to tax tips, which are basically donations).

otto skorzeny's picture

give me a fucking break- so you can only afford an E-class Merc instead of an S-class?

The Carbonator's picture

Haha.  Tips are 'donations'.


Then my salary is a 'donation' too.



alangreedspank's picture

Tips are not mandatory (even though you're a dick for not tipping in line with the service you felt you received). So when you hand out money on a non-mandatory basis, that qualifies as donation and the government should GTFO regarding those. They are not "income".

uno's picture

not sure about all, but waiteress I know tell HORROR stories about black parties wanting as many freebies as possible, getting all the specials even though they miss the time and leaving NO tips, not sure if they treat black waiters/waiteress the same.

General Decline's picture

..And when I'm in a European or black resturant, I do the same.

sun tzu's picture

It's funny because it's true. You would be lucky if they paid the bill at all after a night of complaints and bullshit. 

I worked in the restuarant industry from high school through college and saw it happen everywhere. They would eat more than half the food and take it back because it was undercooked, overcooked, didn't have enough or too much of a condiment etc. 

cifo's picture

"Bartenders who actually know their stuff".

I once asked a bartender (William, Abe & Louie's, Boston) what makes a good bartender, and his reply was "you only need a nice ass".

alangreedspank's picture

That bartender sucked. Most bartenders come back with lemon juice when I order a whisky sour... "What whisky you put in there ? Uhh..booze..."

cifo's picture

Hey Alan, those coming back are not bartenders, they are called "waiters". Waiters take the orders and pass them to bartenders. Bartenders make the drinks, then the waiters bring them back to the table. Information may be lost along the way, so don't blame the bartenders.

mrdenis's picture

In New Jersey our bartenders give you rubbing alcohol and a side of dirty water to order beer ...

James_Cole's picture

Nice name drop, but if you're asking what makes a good bartender you obv spend more time at Applebee's than Abe & Louie's.

cifo's picture

Do you know him? It's been 15 years. I wish he reads ZH.

(I only went to Applebee's once, and that was a work-related function, and I did not have a choice.)

I would have spent more time there (A & L), but the place was always packed. Sundays at 7PM (not earlier, not later) was the only time when a sit at the bar was guaranteed.


noless's picture

You're right, fuck making shit, i need to get my ass back in a drive thru, that's where the real moneys at.

They trynna catch me ridin dirty's picture

Sometimes I try to explain to a HuffPo reader the difference between mining/farming/ranching/manufacturing jobs and service sector jobs.

Then I see the totally clueless f*cking look on their face as to what I'm saying and just give up.

noless's picture

Exactly, I've pretty much given up completely on most fronts. I'm seriously thinking of going back into fast food though, managers at some places make more hourly then I'm getting in metal work, its fucking ridiculous.

sun tzu's picture

The Puffington readers are more clueless than the Faux readers, except the Puff people actually think they're smarter than everyone else.

Mox E's picture

You're right. I've waited tables and bartended. You can make great money, depending upon the establishment and its clientelle. For a small time, I even stopped my regular IT career to go back into hospitality. Pay in IT keeps going down, clients are assholes and you take your work home with you. In hospitality, clients can be dicks, but for the most part, they don't want you fucking with their food/drink so they treat you well, the pay can be great and you never take your work home with you. I returned to my regular career because I struck a great deal as a sub-contractor. The gov't really does need to stop taxing tips though. People could tip a lot less if the .gov stopped assuming you get tips. If you don't tip at least 15%, the staff is likely losing money via taxes. If the .gov got out of taxing tips, we could tip about half what we do now and the 'help' wouldn't see a drop in income.

DaddyO's picture

All cash goes in pocket, only have to claim minimum wage for hours worked and tips left on credit cards. Great paying gig if you're personable, polite and attentive.


optimator's picture

I always pay by card, but tip in cash.

WmMcK's picture

+ 1 - it's good karma.

Disenchanted's picture

I pay and tip in cash, because I don't have any 'credit'(debt) cards. Fuck the shylocks...

That is when I go out for dinner...mostly I eat at home.


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