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With millions of people filing for unemployment amid the coronavirus pandemic, attention has turned to how employment now compares to historical U.S. trends. The Onion looks back at a historical timeline of U.S. employment. 

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1628: “Five years experience as blacksmith” becomes first lie on American resume.

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1826: Women storm into workforce by taking thousands of god-awful jobs in industrial mills.

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1839: Farmer promotes self to Head Farmer.


1863: U.S. slavery officially ends Phase I of operations.


1875: Telecommunications industry waits patiently for phone to be invented the following year so it can get started.

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1884: New U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics begins collecting inaccurate employment data.

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1938: Child labor laws greatly reduce American workforce productivity.


1967: Last good job taken.


2010: 68-year-old who lost pension in 2008 crash can take your shopping cart with the others.

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2013: Digital media emerges as promising industry with decades of profit and sustainability ahead.

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