"Jobsolete” (job + obsolete) describes a job, worker or company that is obsolete. “Workers should be able to use technology to their advantage, without fearing that it will make them ‘jobsolete’” was cited in print in 1999, from a publication of the United States Department of Labor. Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report had a segment titled “The Word: Jobsolete” in February 2014.
United States Department of Labor
January 28, 1999 (This date is in the document, but the date of the document is probably later.—ed.)
What are workers’ needs?
First, workers need lifelong economic security for themselves and their families. They need the opportunity to obtain skills that will guarantee them high wages. Workers should be able to use technology to their advantage, without fearing that it will make them “jobsolete.” Workers should be skilled, not stuck, in the new economy.
The Employee Recruitment and Retention Handbook
By Diane Arthur
New York, NY: AMACOM
They need the opportunity to obtain skills that will guarantee them high wages. Workers should be able to use technology to their advantage, without fearing that it will make them ‘jobsolete.’
Find a Better Job
Edited by Michael Dolan
Prepared not “jobsolete”
Whether it is by empowering workers with cutting-edge high-tech skills, providing downsized workers with transition assistance, or helping young people get a foothold on the career ladder—our fundamental challenge is equipping all Americans with the tools to succeed in this new economy. We need to make sure no worker becomes “jobsolete.”
A Daily Portmanteau
Posted 22nd October 2009 by Girl Thursday
Meaning: A job that is no longer useful or economically viable.
Portmanteau origins: Job + Obsolete
Example: “What do telegraph operators, haywards, and newspaper journalists have in common? They’re either jobsolete or rapidly becoming so.”
Friday April 13, 2012
Jobsolete: Bye-bye, barbershop
This week, Daybreak is running a series called “Jobsolete,” exploring careers that are fading away. On the last edition of this series, Wil Fundal headed down to the local barbershop to find out why the future of the job could be cut short.
A Pondering Mind
November 4, 2013
From my email inbox:
Words that Really Oughtta Exist
Jobsolete: a position within a company that no longer exists.
The Colbert Report
Tuesday February 25, 2014
The Word - Jobsolete
Congress protects American jobs by funding unnecessary weapons systems and useless military equipment. (04:13)
@ColbertReport the word “jobsolete” #mind-blowing. The only way to keep #Americans #working is to have them make things that don’t.
10:47 PM - 25 Feb 2014