Some occupations that have grown since 2007

Yes, despite the deep, deep troubles in the labor market, some occupations have grown since the recession started.

Surprisingly, farm, fishing and forestry occupations have seen 12.7% job growth since 2007, the most of any broad occupational category. These gains are probably being driven by the 30% increase in farm prices over the past four years, which has encouraged agricultural expansion.

Number two on the list is the category of computer and mathematical occupations, including programmers and computer software engineers. Basically, it pays to be riding the Internet/mobile boom.

Number three is healthcare practitioners and technical occupations, with a 7.7% gain. This is the highly educated part of the health care workforce, including doctors, registered nurses, medical technicians and the like. Note that healthcare support occupations–such as health aides and other less-educated workers—had a much smaller gain. Being educated is better.

Fourth is legal occupations. Now, I’m not sure of this one, because no one would say that the market for lawyers is stronger. However, many of these lawyers could be self-employed at relatively low incomes.

Comments

  1. Here’s why the market for laywers is stronger. Nobody can accuse Obama and the Dems of killing all jobs, as they certainly love themselves some lawyers.

  2. Except maybe computes and mathematicians these appear to all be professions with below average productivity.

    Without a doubt farming and fishing are among the lowest productivity jobs in the economy.

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