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What has happened to manufacturing jobs during the past 8 years?

Someone has said free trade has created more jobs than were outsourced. What type of jobs and where? Mccain is AGAINST re-negotiating free trade agreements and for new ones. I have never and will never say free trade is bad, but doesn't it matter if it's done in a SMART way, to actually benefit US?????? ***Burger "assembly" is not a manufacturing job. Car assembly IS a manufacturing job. I'm talking about auto plants...

Asked By: Serenity08 - 5/22/2008
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DUH, DID YOU EVER HEAR OF TECHNOLOGY? You know, like this computer that you're on. Manufacturing jobs have been declining for 65 years. Get an education.
Answered By: America Forgot Appalachia - 5/22/2008
Additional Answers (19)
They left America for cheap labor overseas.
Answered By: Keith - 5/22/2008
 
How about the last 60 years?? Manufacturing jobs have been slowing leaving the US since after WWII.
Answered By: TyranusXX - 5/22/2008
 
Technology !
Answered By: jewels15 - 5/22/2008
 
lol burger "assembly" Unfortunately a lot of this free trade crap started during the clinton years, he started FAFTA, WTO, World Bank, etc. Tyranus is correct as well, we've been exporting jobs for decades in reality.
Answered By: creator kitty - 5/22/2008
 
Wan't your factory job back? Well go to China work for $5 a day, Go to India $6 a day. Great benefits Overseas opportunities, just ask Mc Cain/Bush/Cheney.
Answered By: pepe - 5/22/2008
 
It's that giant sucking sound of NAFTA. Perot was right!
Answered By: ♥Hanalou♥ - 5/22/2008
 
If you are seeking an answer, please read the link below. http://www.epi.org/content.cfm/briefingpapers_bp149
Answered By: Harbinger H - 5/22/2008
 
Many of those have gone overseas, many to China... More
Answered By: rumbler_12 - 5/22/2008
 
The have been outsourced. Even the US passports have been outsourced to a European company
Answered By: Anthony - 5/22/2008
 
assembly is going to automation and the economy is tanking... throw in some overpaid workers and there you go
Answered By: The Captain - 5/22/2008
 
NAFTA Our jobs have been given to the foreigners, for cheap labor. It should be unconstitutional.
Answered By: PATRICIA MS - 5/22/2008
 
The same thing that happened to them in the previous 8 years. First to Mexico, then to China, next to Vietnam... More
Answered By: Gig Al Bore - 5/22/2008
 
Even if we got our industry jobs back. Obama wants to raise our income tax. might as well be burger assemblist. Bring home the same amount of money probably.
Answered By: Cracker Jack - 5/22/2008
 
Listen, automotive assembly is going to go away. American car manufacturers are in terrible financial shape because they got themselves into unsustainable union contracts. Until UAW wises up, the best and most affordable cars will come from companies based in Europe, Japan and Korea... More
Answered By: Michael S - 5/22/2008
 
There are auto assembly plants in my state...they are both Japanese cars owned by Japanese...they came here to take advantage of the non-union labor...other companies have been moving overseas since the 1970s when union labor was cutting into their profits...the unions were a good idea that got out of control and the... More
Answered By: Queen of Wands - 5/22/2008
 
You need to go all the way back to the 70's with this question. By leaving those years out you have lost all credibility.
Answered By: Boo - 5/22/2008
 
they have gone to places like India where they can be performed for much less money!
Answered By: susi - 5/22/2008
 
Bubba signing NAFTA was the death knell for decent paying American manufacturing jobs. Now we can all enjoy minimum wage "service" jobs-whoopee! Couple that with the highest corporate taxes in the free world and we are screwed. How about fair trade instead?
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Answered By: rwcrufler - 5/22/2008
 
Free trade can onlt work with a REPUBLICAN / CONSERVATIVE CONGRESS/SENATE and PRESIDENCY... More
Answered By: Roberta S - 5/22/2008
 
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