Waiters And Bartenders Rise To Record, As Manufacturing Workers Drop Most Since 2009

Tyler Durden's picture

On the surface, the March jobs reported was better than expected... except for manufacturing workers. As shown in the chart below, in the past month, a disturbing 29,000 manufacturing jobs were lost. This was the single biggest monthly drop in the series going back to December 2009.


But not all is lost: as has been the case for virtually every month during the "recovery", virtually every laid off manufacturing worker could find a job as a waiter: in March, the workers in the "Food services and drinking places" category, aka waiters, bartenders and minimum wage line cooks, rose again to a new record high of 11,307,000 workers, an increase of 25K in the month, offsetting virtually all lost manufacturing jobs.

This is how the two job series have looked since the start of 2015: 24k manufacturing jobs have been lost in the past 14 months compared to an increas of 365K food service workers.


And here is the longer-term, going back to the start of the crisis in December 2007: please do not "peddle fiction" upon seeing this chart.

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MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

For those idiots that still bring up the fact that many people are considered not in the labor force, I have a question for you: Do you think that students, retirees and people who choose to live on government benefits (a lifestyle choice that we are all entitled to), should be considered unemployed? Or does it make more sense to exclude them from the report since they're not even seeking work? Unemployed is only a bad thing if you want a job - many people choose not to have a job, and that is their right as Americans.


RadioFlyer's picture
RadioFlyer (not verified) MillionDollarBonus_ Apr 1, 2016 8:26 AM

"a lifestyle choice we are all entitled to"


Sure, just don't ride on my back, jack!

Shocker's picture

We need manufacturing, and that is what is going away... Look around

Layoff List: http://www.dailyjobcuts.com


VinceFostersGhost's picture



My dream is everyone will have a 29.5 hr/wk job.


For this to happen....the republicans and the chamber of congress must stop Trump......AT ALL COSTS!!!

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Don't forget to tip your servers!

jus_lite_reading's picture

Who said a country needs a strong manufacturing base? We can print money out of thin air. Everyone wins. NOT.

HopefulCynical's picture

If she's hot I've got way more than just the tip.

Yes, I'm horrible. But honest.

Janet Shalom Bernanke's picture

The service was slow at Chili's tonight, I hope they can hire a few more unemployed college grads as waiters and waitresses so service picks-up some.   Yellin, restaurant goers are counting on you.  You miserable bitch.

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Did you finally get served?


You're welcome.....take it and shutup!

Janet Shalom Bernanke's picture

Yeah, but I was confused when the server asked me if he could "build" me a burger.  i guess he was one of the recently fired manufacturing workers.   I told him that "Build-a-Bear" at the Mall was hiring, and he should look into it for his second (or perhaps 3rd) job he will need to work to pay his bills.   Hard hat not required.


LawsofPhysics's picture

LOL!!!  Pretty good sarcasm today MDB.

Yes, yes, soon enough, if you don't perform real work, you will not eat.

NoVa's picture


"Entitled"  key word & enough said




Shocker's picture

The jobs we need manufacturing... and nothing

brada1013567's picture

All those people who dont want a job are in a bar getting drunk, it is like Cheers.

enosenose's picture


who needs a job if anyone can be a BTFD dummy.

Vlad the Inhaler's picture

I actually know a lot of stay home professionals in the prime of their working life, it's cheaper to give up an entire salary than pay for child care in 2016.

petar's picture

They are seeking a job, they just don't register as unemployed because they don't get any benefits.

rejected's picture

Well ignoramus, Maybe this will help although I doubt it. 

u n e m p l o y e d == Not Employed == unemployed.

Only Investopedia uses the "actively searching for work" bullshit.Probably gubbermint affiliated.


And none of us are entitled to Jack Diddly unless we PAID for it, and, sitting on your ass at home watching TeeVee and agitating ZH posters doesn't count.

And you are correct,,, anyone CAN choose not to have a job BUT not at the expense of others, like our 21st century FSA.

silver sword's picture

Man, what planet are you from?

Americans are now "entitled" to live on government benefits, and to not work (while being paid for by their fellow citizens)?

You must have fallen asleep in Moscow - because nothing about what you said has anything to do with America, our Constiution or personal freedom or liberty.

Scary as hell that a grown up can even think that way.

Why don't you pay my mortage for me each month then, since that's your way?

Friggin commies will be the death of everything that made us great.

RadioFlyer's picture
RadioFlyer (not verified) Apr 1, 2016 8:25 AM

Hope and Change, Cloward and Piven, Chaos into Order on schedule as planned. 

I wonder when "Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature" genocide starts?

VinceFostersGhost's picture




Top down.....bottom up......that's how we roll!

brada1013567's picture

Obama makes me want to drink every day.

LawsofPhysics's picture

"Winning", unfortunately, none of those wages will keep up with the real cost of living.

Better get use to eating that raman noodle kids.

Stu Elsample's picture

Middle class folks get macaroni and cheese

BandGap's picture

Yummmmmm, raman. That shit stores well, too.

It will be an interesting view when the ideas surrounding privaledge are adjusted for reality.

JusticeTBuford's picture

Those 24k former manufacturers can sure drink.  It took 365k bartenders to serve them.

TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Apr 1, 2016 8:28 AM

No surprise that manufacturing jobs are dropping, the companies that are bringing factories back to the US are doing it because there is much better automation now and you can run a factory with much less people.  We better make prostitution legal soon because that's going to be the only way to earn money once the higher minimum wages kick in.

Hohum's picture


Confusing.  So you're saying that a higher minimum wage will lead to well-paid people being laid off.  Seems a bit of a stretch.

ebworthen's picture

Money is free.  No one should have to work. 

Bring on the helicopter money so I can buy a Tesla 3 and pretend the World is entering a Modern Rennaisance and not descending into delusion, insanity, and chaos!

Stu Elsample's picture

Always remember, rookie bartenders....your tip depends on how strong you make the drink.

Dg4884's picture

As per the Ramoanes...  I wanna be sedated..

replaceme's picture

Heard a good comment about Obama being compared to Carter, how unfair it was to Carter... Seriously, Carter at least changed his strategies before his term ran out, unlike Obama who seems incapable of admitting a mistake and / or changing direction.

That being said, I bet working in a bar would be sweet - someone said "Cheers" above, and it made me think "I bet that would be a great place to work, Cheers - I wonder how I can apply, wonder if they have a website".... I think that's healthy.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Carter at least loved the United States of America. Obama despises it.

katchum's picture

I didn't know bartender jobs are in such high demand.

Janet Shalom Bernanke's picture

The public is unemployed and miserable, they need to stay enebriated.  Bartenders are in high demand in Yellen and Obama's e-con-ome.



herkomilchen's picture

It's not that people are eating out more.  It's staffing economics.  Why have a full time waiter with all the Obamacare burdens when one can cut back hours and have multiple part time waiters.  One waiter job at 40 hours becomes 2 waiter jobs at 20 hours.

Moreover, paying minimum wage mandates of $15/hr for a single dedicated staff member to fold napkins, prepare garnishes, clean tables is stupid when one can pay waiters/bartenders at $3/hr + tips to do that work so long as you give them some hours waiting tables.

1 lost support job at 40 hours becomes 2 new waiter jobs at 20 hours.

So a restaurant that used to have 1 support job at 40 hours and 2 waiter jobs at 40 hours now has 6 waiter jobs at 20 hours.  3 jobs -> 6 jobs on nonfarm payroll report.  The magic of government job creation and surging employment numbers.

rlouis's picture

There is no problem if the minimumn wage is $15.00 per hour.  /s

toady's picture

Can't go past a restaurant in Phoenix without seeing a "we're hiring" sign on it, from McDonald's to the high-end steak houses, it's definitely a growing industry. 

Makes me wonder what happens when that bottoms out....

semperfi's picture

in Chandler, lots of new restaurants being built around me - booming - but venturing into one on any given friday night lately, they are only half to 3/4 full - 10 years ago it was a 90 minute wait everywhere

Contrariologist's picture
Contrariologist (not verified) Apr 1, 2016 8:58 AM

The incredible growth in service-type jobs (waiters, bartenders, etc) is a real conundrum. If wages and GDP growth are stagnant at best, where is all the purchasing power coming from to fuel the restaurant  sales that result in the wait-staff job growth?

My guess is that we have a fast-growing sector of people who are working more and making less, which leads to less time to prepare meals at home, which leads to more demand for restaurants, which leads to more demand for wait-staff jobs. There you have it: the Fed's "virtuous cycle" of growth has arrived…but it's not quite the kind of growth we were promised.

The Federal Reserve is destroying  the country, dollar by dollar. Central Banks worldwide are destroying currencies and markets, day by day. Governments and the charlatans who run them are doing the WRONG THING at every turn. All politicians, are you listening to me, ALL POLITICIANS from both sides are useless, and have nothing but selfish motives for every word from their mouths. Yes, that includes Donald Trump.


We are screwed. Get the popcorn, watch the house burn down.

rejected's picture

I've seen 2 major restaurants close in the last six months, a Pizza Hut that has been here for thirty years a Barnhills pigout and numerous grocery chain stores. We have no Kmarts in the area, a Staples that closed less than six months after opening and a Office Depot that has drastically reduced it's inventory, probably going out of business. I'm sure there's more but it's too many to remember.

And this is in an area heavily populated by military and other government types.

jail the Fed.

Omen IV's picture

manufacturing jobs are easy to count and easier to verify. so cheating is hard by the BLS


Not so much restaurants and bars - can easily be fabricated / created by the BLS - given millions of locations these are not derived from withholding  tax reports -

The Restaurant Performance Index is down for 4 month in a row - so managers / owners are hiring but business is down - how is that possible?


doesn't make sense - these numbers are cooked

lordbyroniv's picture

The world is really lucky they have us.  We are vital to the global economy.  Without Americans who would consume ?

Kina's picture

So when the world needs a drink the US will have the staff.

L Bean's picture

Odds are that "the world" will choose to drink at home. ;)

RabbitOne's picture

And the way that “the world” is going we will cry in our beer at home…