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<A lot of the job loss is due to flattening out of the managerial structure. Thus a lot of highly paid paper shufflers lost their jobs. Many of these people are *ON PAPER* qualified in technical fields, but in reality they spent too long in management not keeping up with their field. Their true qualifications were middle manager--a field that doesn't employ nearly as many as before.>

I imagine it is impossible to know what this is about. I was considered "management" where I used to work but, as far as I know, that was just a trick so that I would be exempt from The Fair Labor Standards Practices Act. Thus, I would have to work overtime for free, could not join the union, etc. I was certainly not management in that I could tell anyone what to do. I designed communications systems, compilation systems, wrote computer operating systems, etc. So when I was given early retirement, this counted as lowering the amount of middle (or lower) management at the company, but what they really did was get rid of an engineer. 11,400 of us left the year I did from that company, so it looked as though they reduced their management overhead, but they really reduced their research and development staff.
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