7 Jobs Hit Hardest By the Recession

The floundering job market in recent years is still affecting millions of American workers.  Even though recent reports, such as one posted on Reuters, suggests that the U.S. is moving out of its recession stage, the country is still not back to normal or in the clear just yet. Many companies and businesses are still experiencing layoffs and are making slow cuts in most areas of their business. And while some of these industries are estimated to recover and grow quickly over the next several years, they still experienced huge loss and decreases in their area.

  1. Accounting and auditing clerks: With the problems that arose in the financial sector during the roughest part of the recession, these jobs were, not surprisingly, impacted. Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing saw a decrease in jobs by about 13%.
  2. Pilots and flight attendants: Because vacation and travel is one of the first things cut when people are tightening their budgets, pilots and flight attendants have been greatly affected by the recession. Between mergers between airlines and major cuts in the industry, jobs for pilots and flight engineers decreased by 30% in 2009, according to the Bureau.
  3. Construction workers: With such a big dip in housing and construction, and slow economic growth in many major cities across the U.S., it’s no surprise construction workers were greatly affected by the recession. Those working construction jobs saw a decrease by about 14% in the field in 2009.
  4. Carpenters: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for carpenters and carpentry is highly influenced by economic status. For this reason, carpenters saw a significant loss in job opportunities, particularly in 2009. According to the bureau, nearly 270,000 carpenter jobs were slashed, which is about 17% of the total carpenter jobs in the U.S.
  5. Manufactory workers: While lower oversea labor costs and a declining market has caused manufacturers to decline over the past decade, the recession still continued to take it’s toll on manufacturers that do still exist in the U.S. Jobs in the market were estimated to have fallen by about 16% in 2009.
  6. Bank Tellers: Job positions in banks decreased greatly since the first signs of the recession. 140 banks were closed in 2009, and as of Aug 20 last year, 118 banks had been closed with the number expected to be higher than in 2009, according to the FDIC. And while most of those banks have been taken over by other companies or institutions, bank tellers were the ones most greatly affected.
  7. Automotive workers: From the beginning, the auto industry was one of the hardest hit by the recession. The industry experienced car sales in the U.S. to drop 5 by million in the span of 4 years. Over the last few years, the auto industry as a whole has experienced the loss of nearly 200,000 jobs, with the biggest layoffs occurring between General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.

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