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  • Textile and apparel manufacturing is coming back to the United States, and providing an example of what it looks like when employers actually want to hire people:
    But because the industries were decimated over the last two decades — 77 percent of the American work force has been lost since 1990 as companies moved jobs abroad — manufacturers are now scrambling to find workers to fill the specialized jobs that have not been taken over by machines.

    Wages for cut-and-sew jobs, the core of the apparel industry’s remaining work force, have been rising fast — increasing 13.2 percent on an inflation-adjusted basis from 2007 to 2012, while overall private sector pay rose just 1.4 percent. Companies here in Minnesota are so hungry for workers that they posted five job openings for every student in a new training program in industrial sewing, a full month before the training was even completed.

  • Related:
    Manufacturing expanded in September at a faster pace than forecast, indicating U.S. factories will provide a bigger boost to the expansion.

    The Institute for Supply Management’s index unexpectedly rose to 56.2, the strongest since April 2011, from 55.7 a month earlier, the Tempe, Arizona-based group’s report showed today. Readings above 50 indicate growth.

  • On the other hand, New York City is going ahead with plans to spend $34 million on Chinese steel in repairs to the Verrazano-Narrows bridge.
  • Pregnant workers in New York City are getting some new protection from discrimination thanks to the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

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  •  Another reason why manufacturing is doing (1+ / 0-)
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    oceanview

    reasonably well in the US is because of the bugaboo of all good environmentalists out their, namely cheap fracked energy:

    European industry flocks to U.S. to take advantage of cheaper gas

  •  The MTA chose the Chinese steel (1+ / 0-)
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    And I am fairly certain that Lhota was "in the room" when the decision was made.

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Tue Oct 01, 2013 at 06:57:50 PM PDT

    •  They claimed there was no domestic manufacturer (1+ / 0-)
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      left who could/would supply it.

      And have a paper trail to support that allegation, which * is * disputed by others.

      But either way, it is undisputed that much heavy, highly polluting industry has moved offshore (where the lack of environmental regulations make the effects much worse than if it had remained domestic - this is a good example of the law of unintended consequences, I suppose).

      •  Which begs the question (0+ / 0-)

        If and when we finally do face reality and address the tens of thousands of bridges that should have major overhauls or be completely replaced ASAP, do we expect to import documented deficient steel for those and then feign shock and surprise when a predictable number of them end up having to be redone?

        Sadly there will be well paid "experts" who will assert that is the "most cost effective" option and too many empowered people will accept that as the only relevant consideration.

        Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

        by Egalitare on Wed Oct 02, 2013 at 05:30:40 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Hmm, I haven't followed that story (0+ / 0-)

      for a long time, and now see that it's purely a cost issue in the the Chinese government reportedly subsidizes their steel industry to a point that the US companies couldn't compete on price.

      That's a rather interesting conundrum for the MTA - who do they owe greater consideration to - the taxpayers actually paying for the bridge renovations (which means buying subsidized Chinese steel), or to the country as a whole (which would have meant sending the $$s down to a steel mill in Carolina or some such place)?

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