Monday, September 30, 2013

Manufacturing Migration: Who Will Move for Low-Skill, Low-Pay Jobs?

Rebirth of American manufacturing faces a migration crisis at Pacific Standard magazine.

Theme: The shift from least educated to most educated in who migrates.

Subject Article: "A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories."

Other Links: 1. "Displacing Poverty."
2. "Who is afraid of the brain drain? Human capital flight and growth in developing countries."
3. "Federal Largesse: Not by Pork Barrel Politics Alone."
4. "The Great Creative Class Migration."
5. "Mobility Matters: Understanding the New Geography of Jobs."
6. "The Glass-Floor Problem."

Postscript: Even if manufacturing could produce a substantial number of new jobs (highly unlikely), no one will move to fill those positions. One would hope that the openings would occur in regions hit hard by unemployment. What is the economic geography of reshoring? Where do these companies need to locate?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I see packging jobs paying 8 per hr and not all factory jobs pay good wages if they are not unionzed. The best paying are machinists and welders, they are the folks that make over 20 per hr but manufacturing has been over hype for years it now pays only 9 to 14 per hr in most states unless you are more skilled. Its better to train a kid to be even an auto mechanic, in fact in California some auto mechanics make more money than general assemblers in Factory. Train for the more skilled jobs in manufacturing, the low skilled jobs that paid 20 an hr have basically disappeared unless you work for a union. Both the left and right hype factory work too much. Some will comeback from overseas because of robots and automation. In fact retraining helps they just having any old factory job.