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Old 05-03-2016, 04:18 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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It seems like the decline is manufacturing, construction and goods-producing industries has led to a much, much more socially based economy in larger cities.

It seems like especially in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and many coastal north-eastern cities there is economy based on social skills and connections.

I know in Los Angeles and Las Vegas it seems like most people I come across are into these socially-based occupations like consulting, advertising, data analysis etc.

In alot of large metropolitan cities on the coasts people are more and more willing to only socialize with people who are business oppurunity to generate revenue for them. In the smaller cities in the midwest or south the structure of the economy is totally different.

For example the economy is only 2% of the employees in Las Vegas, construction which is booming only makes up 5% of employees.

Washington DC is only about 1% manufacturing and 4% construction with no mining.

Fully 93% of the employees work in services in Las Vegas and 95% in Washington DC

The rest seems to be mainly socially based-connection occupations such as IT which is based on transfering information, Financial activities which is driven by debt from the federal government and Yellen's cheap debt based economic agenda, Professional and Business services like consultants and laywers.

Education and Health-Care which is based mainly on social skills as only surgeons provide a tangible service.

Leisure and Hospital which is socially based on experience and manipulating people into spending their disposable income.

Governing which provides no product just re-allocates tax payers money.

It is completely different in many midwestern cities as most of the jobs are based on logistics and transporting tangible products and manufaturing raw materials into products.

I know in cities like Las Vegas and Los Angeles there is a huge stigma associated socially with manufacturing jobs that would put someone in a social caste system. In the southern and midwestern small cities a husband and wife working in a manufaturing plant is a ticket to a very comfertable middle-class life.

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Old 05-03-2016, 04:39 PM
 
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So, you're saying 93% of people work in services in Las Vegas...do you mean waiters, waitresses, bartenders, etc? That is better than working in manufacturing, which, often times, are skilled positions? I'm not meaning, at all, to denigrate waitresses and waiters, but, really?
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Old 05-03-2016, 04:40 PM
 
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It is the new reality, and a part of a lot of our inequalities and social problems. Yes, as technology makes a lot of jobs obsolete, being a people person is a matter of survival in the new economy. However, its not natural for a society to have everyone like this - for everyone to have the top social skills. Its I think at the roots of our issues today.

And it really isn't that regionally different, this is just reality across the board.
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Old 05-03-2016, 04:48 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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It seems like especially in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and many coastal north-eastern cities there is economy based on social skills and connections.

I know in Los Angeles and Las Vegas it seems like most people I come across are into these socially-based occupations like consulting, advertising, data analysis etc.

In alot of large metropolitan cities on the coasts people are more and more willing to only socialize with people who are business oppurunity to generate revenue for them. In the smaller cities in the midwest or south the structure of the economy is totally different.
You just described how you have to be in a white collar industry anywhere. It has nothing to do with location, and you'll find plenty of people networking their asses off across the Midwest and South.
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Old 05-03-2016, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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So, you're saying 93% of people work in services in Las Vegas...do you mean waiters, waitresses, bartenders, etc? That is better than working in manufacturing, which, often times, are skilled positions? I'm not meaning, at all, to denigrate waitresses and waiters, but, really?
No, I think it is better to have a wholesome economy based on logistics and manufacturing like the Industrial Midwest or South.

I search for "new jobs coming" on Google News and alot of manufacturing jobs in the South and Industrial Midwest pay $15 to $20 an hour with benefits. A husband and wife working at a factory could buy a house with a years worth of wages in the Industrial Midwest.

Manufacturing jobs also tend to be stable. Usually if someone can meet productivity they continue to have a secure job.

In Las Vegas the waitresses tend to audition for the lucrative positions which is based on looks only. There is very few waiters in Vegas as it is a looks-based city where people audition for jobs based on looks.

Las Vegas is also is more and more based on clubs that advertise a night that will change one's life for ever just by being a crowded nightclub with tacky neon and glass displays. Californians go to the clubs in droves as the people will part with a thousands in one night for a few hours of experience.

The heartland's economy seems to be based on manufacturing and logistics which has 5% profit margins as opposed to Vegas or Los Angeles which laugh at companies that have such low profit margins.

Las Vegas is full of clubs that spent a couple million on the club, have bouncers that insist on $100 VIP lines that are all profit and then $500 bottles of $20 liquor with 2,500% profit margins. Many of these clubs make hundreds of millions a year.

In Los Angeles where it seems like there a ridiculous amount of "consultants", "trainers", "sales account executives", "lawyers", "directors of advertising", "realtors" the litmus test is also based on looks and manipulation/acting skills compared to places like Indiana and Iowa.
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Old 05-03-2016, 05:27 PM
 
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The majority of those who live in the Midwest, do not work in manufacturing. In Milwaukee, for instance, more people are employed in the medical field, than anything else. There are also many who work in banking, IT, service and manufacturing. Most Midwest cities are very diversified...just like everywhere else.
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:33 PM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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In Los Angeles where it seems like there a ridiculous amount of "consultants", "trainers", "sales account executives", "lawyers", "directors of advertising", "realtors" the litmus test is also based on looks and manipulation/acting skills compared to places like Indiana and Iowa.
It's the second-largest city in the US, and is a world-class city like London or Berlin. Of course there is more of every profession.

And thinking that "looks" and "manipulation/acting skills" don't give people who possess them an extra advantage in opportunities in all areas of the US is contrary to many studies. Looks, motivation and charm work everywhere, sorry to say.
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Old 05-03-2016, 11:37 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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The majority of those who live in the Midwest, do not work in manufacturing. In Milwaukee, for instance, more people are employed in the medical field, than anything else. There are also many who work in banking, IT, service and manufacturing. Most Midwest cities are very diversified...just like everywhere else.
Apparently we're still the hog butcher of the world over here in Chicago, rather than a city with an economy more diversified than every other mentioned in this thread thus far.
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