JOBS / MANUFACTURING / FUTURE – Manufacturing coming home but jobs are not

JOBS / MANUFACTURING / FUTURE  U.S. Textile Plants Return. Sales up 37% since 2012 … $22.7B in sales… Jobs are not returning. Factories are being highly automated. Before exporting jobs, one North Carolina factory had 2,000+ workers and now can do the same level of production with just 140.

The good news is that rapid changes in technology will create an ever greater flood of ‘Made in America’ products available at reasonable or just below premium cost.

The bad news is that not many Americans will be involved in actually making anything that is ‘Made in America’.

Read More: NY Times story on Textile Manufacuring | Impact of Technology on Manufacturing and Jobs (PDF Report)

I am not arguing that we should fight automation. It is a good thing on the whole: providing quality products at reasonable cost.

My concern is that we talk about jobs, jobs, jobs and yet seem to have overlooked that the world has changed. The overwhelming majority of the unemployed, or underemployed, are not in that status because they want to be. We cannot on the one hand tell people to ‘go get a job’ and then take away food asssistance when there are few jobs to be gotten. That is an outdated strategy that may have worked when we were an agrarian society … but as you have probably heard: times have changed.

We need to move to a conversation about what the future looks like, and what the future means for the average American.

3 thoughts on “JOBS / MANUFACTURING / FUTURE – Manufacturing coming home but jobs are not”

  1. It’s the “reset” about which I often speak. People who think things will be as they were will be disappointed. It’s not about “better” or “worse”, just “different” expectations.

    The Government is also going through a “reset”. People who expect the Federal Government to be the answer to everything should start to look elsewhere. States, Communities, and not for profits need to fill the void left by a disfunctional congress… And do it quickly.

    Waiting for “one size fits all” solutions from anonymous Washington bureaucrats who don’t understand the cultural differences in Communities and are poor stewards of our tax dollars will only delay getting help to the folks who need it.

    I donate to ACTS, SERVE, and my Chirch as well as a few National and International groups who get help to communities who lack our wealth. You get more “bang for the buck” supporting dedicated volunteer groups instead to watching Washington Bureaucrats waste our hard earned treasure.

    If you are waiting for Washington to help your neighbor, you will probably be disappointed. Write a check to a local not for profit or two, and really make a difference.

  2. I am trying to figure out what the anti-government rant has to do with an article about jobs.

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