Database illustrates job losses due to outsourcing and flawed policies

Source: AFL-CIO

Oct 29, 2010

The AFL-CIO and Working America  have released a zip code-searchable database that illustrates how corporate outsourcing has altered American towns and cities. The Job Tracker provides a new tool for people searching for information on the local impact of outsourcing. The interactive database lists information on more than 400,000 corporations and subsidiaries, and uses data from dozens of public sources to allow visitors to find out which companies have exported jobs overseas, violated health and safety codes or engaged in discriminatory or other illegal practices.

Visitors to the Job Tracker site can search the database by company name, zip code and industry. Within seconds, detailed results are culled from a database that draws from sources including U.S. Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) records, Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notices, Occupational Safety Health Administration records and more.

As part of Job Tracker, Working America is also releasing a white paper titled Outsourced: Sending Jobs Overseas: The Cost to America's Economy and Working Families, which details how trade policies have outsourced good jobs.