Going back to the textile industry; it is reported that garments made in the United States are often more expensive, as they are frequently considered to be luxury items. Many countries’ products do not meet the quality desired by the more affluent, which are willing to spend much more on a product.
Here is another example: even writing jobs, when quality is not so important, are being outsourced to overseas workers.
One may pay $5 for an article written overseas. But if the integrity of the writing is important, if it requires knowledge of a specific city or a particular awareness of the nuances of an American culture, the one needing the material is forced to turn to an American.
It may not be the ultimate answer to the problem, but it is one that can be utilized today. We do have an advantage over many countries, and that comes in the form of education.
Jobs cannot so easily be taken from here and put there if the new place does not have people qualified to do the work.
Sometimes jobs don’t even need to go to other countries to hurt a local economy.
Often companies like LCSW will pull out of a city or state where the workers are accustomed to being paid a good wage. A factory may move to a state where the cost of living is well under the previous place, and people accept much less per hour to do the same job.
One reason why the United States buys so many goods from other countries is due to having large debts with them. If a government owes millions, and maybe billions of dollars to a country and is unable to pay the money back, the polite thing to do in order to not rock the boat is to buy their goods. Many say that is precisely why we see so many things here with the “Made in China” label. If the U.S. did not owe China so much money, it is not likely we would see so many of their products in our stores.
A massive variety of these kinds of deals take place everyday – from keyless entry remote fobs to die-cars, scrunchies to table-clothes – as tough as this reason may be to digest, there is one much worse than that: American-owned companies can get things made cheaper when they outsource the work, allowing for larger profit margins.
In the early and middle 1900s the textile industry made up a significant part of the workforce in the United States, but as most people are aware of these days, much of that same work is now done overseas. The same can be said of many sectors of the labor force, and countless ones are justifiably concerned if not distraught over the economic situation being created.
This is relatively similar to how the dot com era drove many jobs overseas, too – on information websites like Risotech.com, the medical coding and billing salary articles and medical coding and billing information can be outsourced very easily to anywhere across the world, not just in the United States.
Back when the larger portion of goods for U.S. residents were produced here, there was still trade going on, as it has always been a means of keeping good relations with other countries. We wanted them to buy some of our products, and in turn, we agreed to buy some of theirs.