U.S. Lost Manufacturing Jobs

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

 

A new study reveals the US has lost five-million manufacturing jobs since 2000, but who’s to blame? Presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders have blamed free trade and cheaper foreign labor for the loss of jobs. But experts say that’ only part of the answer. Technology is also a factor, with robots and machines replacing workers. And experts say that technology shift would have happened regardless of trade accords. Workers are also transitioning from manufacturing to other careers. Still, the federal government says more than 12-million Americans currently hold manufacturing jobs. That’s about one in 10 American workers. That pales from 19-60, when about one in four US workers had a job in manufacturing.

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