Are you a victim of technology or outsourcing?

The middle class — especially the lower middle — has been shrinking. Tens of thousands of jobs have been eliminated by technology or moved overseas, thanks to the low cost of communication.

Meanwhile, the gap between highly-paid workers and the rest has been growing — partly because those jobs in the middle are vanishing.

AJC economics writer Michael Kanell is working on a story about this. He is looking for people who used to work at some occupation that has been greatly reduced by technology or outsourcing. That includes travel agents, bank tellers, secretaries and administrative assistants.

He’s interested in other white-collar jobs as well, along with blue-collar ones like gas station attendant and grocery bagger.

Also, if you are still working in a job like that, he’d like to talk to you, too.

You can contact Kanell at mkanell@ajc.com or by calling (404) 526-7044.

Thank you.

3 comments Add your comment

TnGelding

November 16th, 2010
6:00 pm

Just look in the mirror folks, we’re the ones buying the cheap foreign made junk. I refuse to talk to foreign reps. I keep calling until I get someone in the USA.

Skip

November 16th, 2010
6:30 pm

Was it Pogo that said “we have met the enemy and he looks familiar”?

Howard Gould

November 17th, 2010
4:36 pm

I spent 20 yrs in Hotel Reservations, I went thru 3 downsizings. 2 Were cause of cheaper labor and 1 was a merger. In my last job Priceline.com & Hotwire & Expedia seemed to be the end for my job. In addition to cheaper labor in another country. After leaving the Travel Industry I entered a technology based field to find it too would soon be outsourced. I have now been out of work for 10 months and look daily for new opportunities hard to support a family of 3.