Is China to Blame for the Loss of 6-Million American Jobs?

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Academics now are saying that, from 1999 to 2010, six-million manufacturing jobs, one-third of all US manufacturing employment, were lost to China and had nothing to do with robots or automation. Blue-collar workers instinctively knew that, and it was one of the reasons they supported Trump who openly said so. According to the academics, the introduction of China into the global trading system is the root cause of the job losses. [True though this may be, we must not forget that none of this could have happened without the eager support of American political, financial, and industrial leaders. In that sense, they are just as much the cause, if not more so, than the Chinese.] -GEG

Millions of Americans who lost manufacturing jobs during the 2000s have long ”known” China was to blame, not robots. And many helped elect Donald Trump as president because of his insistence that China was at fault.

Evidently many academics who’ve studied the issue are finally drawing the same conclusion.

For years economists have viewed the increased role of automation in the computer age as the chief culprit for some 6 million lost jobs from 1999 to 2010 — one-third of all U.S. manufacturing employment. Firms adopted new technologies to boost production, the thinking goes, and put workers out of the job in the process. Plants could make more stuff with fewer people.

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Opa
Opa
2 years ago

When will we stop just focusing in on job numbers and instead focus on middle class income producing jobs. Is not the goal prosperity. Work is important but isn’t the middle class lifestyle the goal. Arguments on job numbers and minimum wage seem to neglect the concept of wealth creation and real spending power. Those accused of shipping job numbers to China will counter that many more service jobs were created here. When in fact a middle class family went from one earner to twin part time earners for less spending power and marked decline in living standard. Energy, government,… Read more »

Ed
Ed
5 months ago

It is about America’s corporate GREED. And why did Nix-on ever do the trade agreement with those dogs ? He is the root cause of all this.