Since 2014 The US Has Added 450,000 Waiters And Bartenders, And No Manufacturing Workers

Tyler Durden's picture

With Obama yet again on TV, taking credit for the Fed's reflation of the stock market as somehow indicative of an economic "recovery" ("fiction peddlers" not allowed in the crowd), here is another way of showing the unprecedented transformation in the US labor pool: since December 2014, the US has added just under 450,000 waiters and bartenders, and no manufacturing workers.

Behold: "Obama's recovery."

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

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SethDealer's picture

Jobs are the last thing blacks think about

matt1970's picture

It's a great time to become a mixologist!

Troll Magnet's picture

We ain't gun make shit but we gon eat like pigs!

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Troll Magnet May 6, 2016 11:39 AM

Wow!  160,000 new bartenders last month.  I guess I had better start going to the bar like everyone else apparently is to keep these guys supported.

zeronetwork's picture

In new world order, Ukrainian pole dancers and American bar tenders is a recipe of success than.

zeropain's picture

the stripper job loss has been horific. 

maybe one of the tylers can do some research and chart stripper chain store numbers or total industry figures.  

tc06rtw's picture

 …  There’s no such thing as  too many bartenders!

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

The remaining strippers haven't gotten any better, either!

A Nanny Moose's picture

Is it counted as two jobs created if a Walmart Greeter works nights as a stripper?

kbohip's picture

We're going to wake up with one Hell of a hangover when this all ends!

BLOTTO's picture

Someone has to serve all those manufacturing people out of work...

CuttingEdge's picture

Look on the bright side: Given the roaring success of that "industry" service standards at McDonalds et al should be better than ever before.

Crash Overide's picture

What a fucking clown Obama is, we really need to burn this thing down...

InjectTheVenom's picture

you are insulting clowns...please apologize 

willpoi's picture

A degree in General Studies now gaurantees you a job in this economy. Who would have thought?!

jus_lite_reading's picture

Oh believe me they think about jobs, but they vote Democrat everytime and wonder "where's my job at?"

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) jus_lite_reading May 6, 2016 12:00 PM

They don't need no jobs.  Uncle Obommy will give them all the free shit they need.

VWAndy's picture

 Well at least we have the best educated bartenders in the world.

Handful of Dust's picture

Those energy engineers that Barry's robust recovery got fired, all 280,000 of them, will make lovely barristas!

ultraticum's picture

The emporer and his court and the nobles shall be entertained.

Dr. Engali's picture

I'll drink to that.

Wow72's picture

Quick some MOAR layoffs and stock buy backs will do it! REALLY! TRUST ME!!!!

LawsofPhysics's picture

manufacturing real shit requires consumable calories and consumption of real resources...

The manufacturing of financial "products" does not, but these people are compensated nicely and they go out to eat a lot too.

now, jump you fuckers!!!!

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Barry is the sock puppet, and the overlords of fiat have their collective hand rammed up Barry's and the entire establishment's collective underhole. But the overlords themselves are deceived, and curse only themselves.

ZeroPoint's picture

Stop peddling bartender fiction.

Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

Hey....maybe that could be the name of a new drink??  'Yeah, bartender, give me two FLAMING FICTIONS'



replaceme's picture

Hey Scooter, why don't you manufacture ma a gin and tonic?

Stu Elsample's picture

and a whole lot of those who hold dead end food or liquor service jobs are Obama supporters...young....gullible women....blacks...LGBT types...ex union manufacturing employees...etc.


(the rest of them are on welfare)

brushhog's picture

Also, people in that bar/restaurant industry tend to be flaky, must be something in the culture of the industry. Every waiter/waitress/bartender I've known tend towards a little shadyness, often times with alcohol/drug issues, multiple sex partners, night-owl lifestyle etc.

People in the manufacturing industy tend to be solid, "day people". I wonder how this shift will effect other aspects of American life.

Consuelo's picture



Not that he had any real skin in this fiasco - he's a carefully selected pitch-man after all, but...    That said, when this shuck & jiver leaves office, there will not be another Black person filling that seat for at least a generation.   Guaranteed.   He has done nothing to advance 'his people', nor the nation.

begintowin's picture

This phenomenon will only lead to one thing ....  Bar Wars Episode 1 - A New Dope.

gimme soma dat's picture

This surprises me given how expensive it is to eat or drink at a restaurant/bar.   That seems an obvious cut from your budget. 

corporatewhore's picture

maybe this is part of the retraining of COAL MINERS and putting COAL COMPANIES out of business HRH Hillary! is screeeeeching about?  /sarc

SweetDoug's picture

The foolish corporations have off-shored the jobs, for short term larger profits, to make cheaper widgets, not understanding such a simply economic reality that they have killed off the very income producing jobs that allowed the domestic employees to earn incomes sufficient to purchase those very same widgets they once produced domestically, who are now expected to do so, but without a decent income producing job. Rinse and repeat. We're burning the furniture for heat and eating our seed corn.

They fool themselves and shareholders, buying up their own stock, with cheap debt, to drive up the EPS at record highs, only to now see their share prices plummet, as those in the know, frontrun the gambit.

Many will explain that this off-shoring of jobs is capitalism working and that these countries are just competing with us, but we know this is dishonest sophistry.

Where is the burgeoning middle-class in China, or other countries? The technical question is, where is the growth of their ‘domestic market’ as they grow their own internal GDP, not GDP that they export to us?

There are only people in other countries, making cheap crap for us, that they can barely afford for their own domestic use, like an iPhone.

Anger, resignation as massive pay gap prompts Carrier's Mexico move

Union leaders at an air conditioner factory in Indianapolis threatened with losing 1,400 jobs to Mexico said on Tuesday the plant's owner expects to pay Mexican workers $3 an hour compared to an average of more than $20 an hour for the U.S. workers.

For a great article providing a little more background, Paul Craig Roberts is a good read.

The Frightening Truth About What Is Really Happening In The United States


Where Did All The Jobs Go?
(Copy this and email it to your friends to explain what is happening.)

Trade in Goods with World, Not Seasonally Adjusted

1987 -152 Billion

2015 - 726 Billion

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The key metric is that in 1985, our balance of trade was…
-$6 million.

Now? -$350 billion.

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-25 Billion

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
-58 Billion

Trade in Goods with NAFTA with Mexico (Consump)
-160 Billion

South Korea
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
-26 Billion

Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate

Inactivity Rate: Aged 25-54: Males for the United States©

Waiters/Bartenders vs Manufacturing Jobs since 2007

CHART OF THE DAY: The Stunning Rise Of Disability, Food Stamp And Welfare Benefits
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All those jobs: Gone.

Do the 'goezintas' on these numbers, for the number of jobs gone. (2 goezinta 4, twice.)

We’re not only eating our seed corn, we’ve killed the golden goose.

What do you think has happened, is going to happen, with every turd world country we’ve made a ‘free trade’ deal with over the last decades?

Do you think we’ve sold them more stuff than they sold us? Every 'thing' that we've imported is valuable economic activity that contributes to 'the jobs' that we don't have anymore, because we don't make 'stuff' anymore.

ObamaTrade Will Cost 448,000 American Jobs, New Study Finds

Welcome To Obama's Recovery: Carrier Moving 1400 Jobs To Mexico

Then why have we done this to ourselves?

Follow the money.


Like local economies they are very transitory, based upon the needs of the economy. When a gold mine shut down, and 'the jobs' disappeared, the town died.

If we sent all our jobs overseas, what do you think will happen to the town of the United States?

The sucking sound is followed by the slurping zz-zz-zzzzz sound of the hose having no more water to vacuum up.

Which is followed by silence.

brushhog's picture

Funny last christmas my wife got me a beer making set up. I havent been to a bar since, saving alot of money because witha  few beers comes tips, a couple appetizers, etc. You can't get out of there for less than $50 anymore.

Able Ape's picture

However, there is a critical shortage of liver transplant surgeons....

tarabel's picture



The scary thing is that the service still sucks.

JuliaS's picture

Obsession with manufacturing jobs and the very concept of high salary manufacturing work is from the last century.

These days manufacturing means automation and implies robots doing most of the work, with few supervisors and maintenance technicians. If manufacturing does come back to the US, it will have nothing to do with jobs. And if jobs do get generated, they'll be low wage ones. Janitors with brooms chasing rats away from multi-million dollar CNC mills and fiberoptic computer networks.

"Manufacturing" means nothing - no longer has anything to do with employment, wages or job security.

If you're a factory owner - whole other story. If you own the means of production (as it was since the beginning of time), you're a winner. If you're a financier parasite tied into the banking system - you're a winner. If you're a pump and dump entrepreneur, you're a winner (for as long as you manage to stay out of prison).

Considering how easy it is to replace waiters with food dispensers, eventually both charts will be in a freefall.

hooligan2009's picture

we better step up automated drone production and get some boots on raghead or commie ground so we can get those young kids where they belong! dead on a battlefield! long body bag making robots! \sarc off

...ponders whether getting nothing of use done on social media devices is directly correlated to producing nothing of value or pure coincidence with a lack of anything that is not chinese junk sold in wally world

oncemore's picture

MillionDollarBonus did not place any comment yet. Is he a bar tender as well?

gmak's picture

Well... If I pour a beer and the waiter/waitress serves it to you; then, you pour a beer and give it to someone to serve to someone else; and so on until someone brings me a beer; then, we're all employed pouring and serving each other beers. It's the perfect utopia.

lordbyroniv's picture

In 1999 I laughed at my loser friends who went to bartending school while I decided to go to law school.

And people wonder why people are angry?

Fuck this system.


Parth's picture

Think a little, become a DUI lawyer.

cpgone's picture

Take the trend back to 1970/

Else, kinda meaningless and just ubummer bashing.

techpriest's picture

Hmm... I wonder what happened in '71.

cpgone's picture

or 1960 to present

or 1970 to present