The Future of Employment

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In the early days of the 20th century, fish-processing plants in Manhattan’s Fulton Fish Market would throw open their doors early in the morning, quickly vetting and then employing many of the assembled fish-processing workers waiting outside. That process is largely the same, today—employers place job ads online or (less and less often) in print newspapers, figuratively throwing open their factory doors to begin vetting and choosing among the people who respond to those ads.

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