A World Without Work

The end of work is still just a futuristic concept for most of the United States, but it is something like a moment in history for Youngstown, Ohio, one its residents can cite with precision: September 19, 1977.

For much of the 20th century, Youngstown’s steel mills delivered such great prosperity that the city was a model of the American dream, boasting a median income and a homeownership rate that were among the nation’s highest. But as manufacturing shifted abroad after World War II, Youngstown steel suffered, and on that gray September afternoon in 1977, Youngstown Sheet and Tube announced the shuttering of its Campbell Works mill. Within five years, the city lost 50,000 jobs and $1.3 billion in manufacturing wages. The effect was so severe that a term was coined to describe the fallout: regional depression.

This was published just last year and is well worth a look.

  • Maggat

    All machines need someone to keep then running and fix them when they stop. I did that on sawmills. paper machines, and helicopters for close to 50 years.. Of course maintenance alone can’t supply all the jobs that are lost but will sure as hell help those who get busy and learn a trade and are prepared to dig for that job and use those skills.

    • mobuyus

      Those that produce something tangible at the end of the day never have to worry for work. I build beautiful walls and ceilings and as long as there are people, there will always be need of these. I’ve worked steady through every recession.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Adam Carolla says that you can tell the good tradesman from the bad during a recession.
        The good ones are never out of work.

      • Maggat

        Come on out to my place, I need a ceiling repaired. I’ll buy the beer.

  • moraywatson

    One day soon the “100% Human Made” label will appear. Will it command a premium?