The domestic manufacturing industry in the US have continued to be falsely reported as dead. Several news publication and online media have reported the drain of manufacturing jobs overseas and how the “Rust Belt”, which used to be the hub of US manufacturing activities has gone comatose with plenty of industrial complexes left bare, uninhabited and non-functioning.
Although as earlier stated, the supposed reportage is false, but it is not entirely false as there is some measure of truth in there but not enough to justify the desolation that news media tend to present as the US domestic manufacturing industry.
The American domestic manufacturing industry is very much alive and still impacting in the US economy albeit not as it did in the 1940s and 50s but it still is impacting on the economy despite the recent challenges it had faced from cheaper overseas alternatives spurned by cheaper operating cost and the growth of the tech industry.
Yes there was a slight downturn but the industry is now on a full throttle rebound as the it has gained over 800,000 jobs since this new trend resurged in 2009. It is also pertinent to note that although the low-skilled manual labor factory jobs of the 1940s and 50s have essentially gone away, the industry has seen a metamorphosis that is fired on by technology with emphasis on production efficiency, managed by a crop of highly intelligent and very skilled labor force.
The new domestic manufacturing industry in the US is backed by modern technology and is spread across the former “Rust Belt” zone whilst also making in roads into cities that hitherto wasn’t known to be manufacturing hubs. Some states that host the new American domestic manufacturing industry includes former rust belt states like Detroit, Michigan and Indiana and other locations like San Jose, CA San Diego, CA. Portland, Oregon. And Denver, Colorado. have seen a renewed growth of the new domestic manufacturing industry and in some a resurgence of the industry especially in technology.
It is pertinent to note that it’s not all areas that are experiencing this new development. Some areas that were former major industrial hubs like the big city of Chicago and Los Angeles are amongst those that are still grappling with the downturn that was experienced since the last depression of 2007. This is unlike areas like Detroit that have seen a jump in the number of manufacturing jobs by 30.6 percent and due largely to the growing sales in trucks and SUV across the country.
The welfare of the workforce is also not left out. The conditions have improved and a lot of challenges that were experienced in the past have found new solutions. Although the new shift may see workers either uprooting their families and moving to new jobs in new cities, but they will be able to still maintain contact through the various technology mediums like video call, voice calls and texting. For those looking to move their families, some employers are making a difference by providing temporary housing to cushion the effect of such change.
The domestic manufacturing industry may not have fully risen to its peak but with the current trend it is sure to go places and reaffirm it’s rightful position in the American economy.