Changing Workforce

Perspective: Manufacturing jobs are never coming back

By Ben Casselman for the FiveThirtyEight blog

Mar 18, 2016

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A plea to presidential candidates: Stop talking about bringing manufacturing jobs back from China.

Here’s the problem: Whether or not (lost) manufacturing jobs could have been saved, they aren’t coming back, at least not most of them. How do we know? Because in recent years, factories have been coming back, but the jobs haven’t.

A small but growing group of companies are shifting production back to the U.S. But the factories they build here are heavily automated, employing a small fraction of the workers they would have a generation ago.

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