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The epic mistake about manufacturing that’s cost Americans millions of jobs #manufacturing

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The epic mistake about manufacturing that’s cost Americans millions of jobs — Quartz.

Thanks to a painstaking analysis by a handful of economists, it’s become clear that the data that underpin the dominant narrative—or more precisely, the way most economists interpreted the data—were way off-base. Foreign competition, not automation, was behind the stunning loss in factory jobs. And that means America’s manufacturing sector is in far worse shape than the media, politicians, and even most academics realize.


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1 Comment

  1. I work in heavy manufacturing so I live this one every day and I’m not sure I agree with the conclusion of this article. Overlooking the political spin which in fairness may be a little dated, it still sounds a little Luddite to me. I saw a really good commercial on TV from one of the online universities that illustrates what I see in the real world.

    A young woman had been trained to operate a manual machine, then the company installs automated machinery to improve productivity which makes her existing skills obsolete. Instead of giving up, she learned new skills and lands a much better job tending the automation. She always had the potential to be more, the change gave her the opportunity.

    I’ve seen this happen in the real word more times than I can count. The community colleges and trade schools are on the cutting edge helping all kinds of people make this transition.

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