Abig part of the conver- sation this past year — politically and within the
manufacturing industry has been:
Where are jobs going, why are they
going and how do we bring back the
jobs we’ve already lost?
President Donald J. Trump ran
a campaign that focused on the
“millions” of jobs flowing out of
America and into Mexico. In his
inaugural address, Trump promised
his plans will create “ 25 million
new jobs”, according to CNN.
"We will bring back our jobs. We
will bring back our borders. We will
bring back our wealth, and we will
bring back our dreams," Trump said
after taking the oath of office.
Where Have All The
Many economists believe it will be
challenging to bring back the glory
days of manufacturing employment.
According to The Wall Street Journal,
at manufacturing’s employment peak in
1979, nearly 20 million American work-
ers were working in factories. Now, 12. 3
million are working at U.S. factories.
That’s a loss of nearly eight million jobs.
His first week in office, Trump
signed an executive order to with-
draw the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP). The signature trade
achievement, brokered by former
President Barack Obama, had not
been approved by Congress and had
opponents on both sides of party lines.
Trump has also repeatedly commented
that the North American Free Trade
Act (NAFTA) is “the worst trade deal
in the history of the country” and
intends to renegotiate the pact.
Before NAFTA was implemented in
1994, proponents argued the agreement would help generate jobs while
opponents warned it would cause huge
job losses. According to a report by
Business Insider, American manufacturing employment started to decline
So where have the jobs gone? Many
economists say that the biggest contributing factor to lost manufacturing
jobs is advances in automation.
These improvements in assembly-line
tech and industrial robots allow
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