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Why are people constantly clamoring about manufacturing jobs?

This has been a manufacturing lead recovery. We have plenty of manufacturing jobs. Our Aeronautical Engineering industry is thriving with Boeing & Airbus consistently getting orders. Demand for mechanical engineers, aerospace engineers, electrical engineers and other kinds have been soaring. Our defensive spending is also keeping our military engineering companies afloat. Ford, GM, Tesla and other auto manufacturers are increasing hiring substantially to produce lower emission vehicles looking for electrical, mechanical, automotive engineers and even people with skills working with battery and energy technology. We are currently the largest producers of photovoltaic cells, and rank high in wind turbines. Although China is still kicking our arses in this industry due to their government subsidies. These are only a few examples, not exhaustive. Let's not ignore the development that occurs in semiconductors here, although we don't manufacture them. I am getting extremely vexed as to how people complain about this sector not thriving. Keep in mind, this is a service economy, approx. 70%, only 20% is manufacturing and that number is only going to get lower. With the 9% unemployment the gap between job openings and hires is massive. The rate of job openings is severely outpacing job hires is relatively large. Its not businesses fault that people were to lazy to acquire the skills to get hired thus they import foreign workers.

Asked By: something - 6/22/2011
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Because our base is smaller than it was, yet still huge when compared to other countries.
Answered By: American citizen and taxpayer - 6/22/2011
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people only watch fox news "fair and balance"
Answered By: David Maupin - 6/22/2011
 
A few assembly plants can not make up for all of the parts manufacturing that has gone abroad. We have next to no real manufacturing here at all. Service is all that is left and you are not going to get to middle class as a house keeper.
Answered By: American Pride - 6/22/2011
 
"Keep in mind, this is a service economy, approx. 70%, only 20% is manufacturing and that number is only going to get lower... More
Answered By: Matthew D - 6/22/2011
 
We have 9% unemployment, are you saying we have too many jobs?
Answered By: fistoffury - 6/22/2011
 
While engineer employment is doing well in this field, gone are the days when factories would open and supply thousands and thousands of jobs. Today, they feature a small staff to do maintenance on the machines that build things and have replaced human labor... More
Answered By: Pfo - 6/22/2011
 
You must see the world through rose colored lenses. Manufacturing of our own goods made America great, not doing that has put us in deep serious in far too many areas from the economy to jobs. Meanwhile we are buried in cheap goods from overseas that often don't last long from their first use.
Answered By: Festus - 6/22/2011
 
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