Changing Workforce / Industrial Robotics

Perspective: Restore U.S. manufacturing? But the robots...

By Phil Rosenthal, the Chicago Tribune

May 27, 2016

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It's a common rallying cry on the campaign trail, a promise to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. And some U.S. companies have in fact shifted manufacturing back from China in response to rising labor costs, a need for shorter supply chains and other factors.

But it turns out that they too aren't employing anywhere near as many people as they might have a generation ago. They, too, are going with robots and heavy automation.

Americans aren't just fighting other countries for jobs, people are fighting machines.

Read the full perspective at chicagotribune.com.
And for more, see "Foxconn replaces 60,000 factory workers with robots."