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9-7-2004 - fast food manufacturing?

(factoid courtesy tim mcsweeney's daily reasons to dispatch bush day 109)

In February, the Bush administration proposed reclassifying employees of fast-food restaurants as manufacturing workers. The idea appeared in the Economic Report of the President, which questioned the inclusion of fast-food restaurants in the service sector and suggested reclassifying such businesses as manufacturers. The report said that the current system for classifying jobs "is not straightforward ... When a fast-food restaurant sells a hamburger, for example, is it providing a 'service' or is it combining inputs to 'manufacture' a product?" David Huether, the chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers, said that expanding the definition of "manufacturing" would produce statistics showing more jobs in that sector, which has been in decline.

(Source: David Johnston, "In the New Economics: Fast-Food Factories?" New York Times, February 20, 2004. See article at: independent-media.tv.)

considering i work in the fast foodERRRRRRRRmanufacturing industry this is pretty important to me.


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