A job is a function primarily in business, by a person for the provision of some product or service for money. Therefore a person engaged in socially productive activities as in the past would have been seen as “holding a job.” Today, that definition if observed accurately would completely release that term from its past traditional restrictions.
As the innovative ones of our society must continue to find their own way in being socially productive, we must understand that jobs will never be what they used to be 50 years ago or even 10 years ago. All who need to earn a living will not continue to do it in the old fashion way that is by “holding a job.”
Jobs have lost this old fashion meaning in the business world of a 21st century society.
The term “jobs” now describes what is being done by the lowest paid workers, usually on a non-permanent basis, especially by those of developing countries and will continue to be done only for the next decade or two at most, that is until the robots begin to take over there as well.
The ways those who worked in factories in pervious generations and the social settings of these situations, much like the labor unions that they gave life to are now disappearing as a function. Yet we continue to use that term which has already lost its usefulness.
Joblessness, unemployment rate, increasing employment rate are outmoded statistical references that distort the real condition of the economy in their continued references and in their use giving implication of real analysis and real measurement of something.
What appear as measurement within these sort of analyses are still being used by stock markets players, business people and economists trying to help explain and determine actions that are to be taken. The use of these techniques only distorts, analyses of the real situation.
For example, the term “full employment” has no meaning or no more significance than eating a piece of cake except that it may make one feel good. Are those retired or wealthy enough not to seek work outside the framework of “employed?” Is Romney to be considered among the unemployed as he joked about? Does employment include only those recorded as having sought work and having found it?
What about self-employed, when are they employed, under-employed or unemployed? Or are they to be taken to be workers? Our system seems to be moving toward innovating persons becoming self-employed, so what will be their label?
All these terms affect the way we analyze our economy and the activity that this analysis influences. These terms all prevent us from seeing the real problems.
To be correcting for this situation, it becomes necessary, especially as we create or talk about creating policy that affects “jobs” that we take another look at the term “JOB,” unless we want it to remain a meaningless political term for political purposes, especially when referred to as "jobs, jobs, jobs."