A recent research report, Will the Jobs Come Back?, published by the National Urban League Policy Institute, reported, “Until the early 1990s recession, about 80 percent of job losses in recessions were in manufacturing and construction industries. Since then, professional and business services have contributed increasing shares of job losses during recessions.”…” “Three-quarters of job losses from the start of the recession to August 2010 have been almost equally spread across four industries – manufacturing, construction, professional and business services and retail trade.”
When discussing the aftermath of the Great Recession, which the National Bureau of Economic Research, a non-profit research group, declared had ended in June, 2009 – little comfort to the unemployed and underemployed – Helen, a good friend of mine (whom I wrote about in the post Old Identity, New Identity), predicted, “More and more people are going to have to have multiple streams of income,” a prediction and warning with which I reluctantly agree.
No time for resting, for settling in and getting comfortable. Success will require agility, flexibility, and an ability to adjust to changing demands. Though we may feel too weary to transcend the next plateau and rationalize our stagnation, complacency may be a luxury no longer available for us to choose.