Innovations, costs, the global economy, and productivity have eliminated or shrunk many workforces.
President Obama on June 14, 2012 in an interview with NBC’s Ann Curry said “There are some structural issues with our economy where a lot of businesses have learned to become more efficient with a lot fewer workers. You see it when you go to a bank and you use an ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller, or you go to the airport and you’re using a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.”
Here are some of the occupations or professions in which the workforce has either disappeared or substantially shrunk in numbers.
Airline Reservation Agents
Butchers, Bakers, and Candlestick Makers
Coal Truck Delivery Man
Doctors Making House Calls
Fuller Brush Man
Gas Station Attendants
Parking Lot Attendants
Pullman Sleeping Car Attendants and Porters
Rendering Truck Driver
Variety store workers