We all know that HR is never dull, but sometimes it can get downright strange...
Putting some thought into burger flipping
The latest edition of the Economic Report of the President, that compendium
of observations and statistics on the health of the U.S. economy, poses this
question: Should fast-food restaurants continue to be counted as part of the
service sector, or be reclassified as manufacturers?
The report doesn't answer its own question, but the White House apparently
sees some advantage in making the change. Adding hamburger flipping to a sector
of the economy that has been hemorrhaging jobs in recent years looks good in
statistical reports, noted David Huether of the National Association of Manufacturers.
In an interview with The New York Times, Huether said the question to answer
is this: "If you heat the hamburger up are you chemically transforming
it?" For him, the answer is no.
Still, the presidential report points out that the current system for classifying
jobs "is not straightforward."
The report notes that the Census Bureau industry classification system defines
manufacturing as covering enterprises "engaged in the mechanical, physical
or chemical transformation of materials, substances or components into new products."
"When a fast-food restaurant sells a hamburger ... is it providing a 'service'
or is it combining inputs to 'manufacture' a product?" the report asks.
The New York Times, via the Indianapolis Star