Manufacturing jobs aren’t coming back to America any more than agriculture jobs are. It may not be pleasant but it is true. Trade tariffs aren’t going to change these facts.
It isn’t wise to deceive Americans. We should face up to it move to our future reality. Now would be the time to prepare rather than hide our heads in the sand.
Below is more from Axios: Most manufacturing jobs are dead ends, study finds
The rise of automation is hurting middle-skills jobs — those that require some training beyond a high school degree but not a bachelor’s degree.
The bottom line: Not all middle-skills jobs are created equal. Some entry-level positions — human resources assistant or computer support specialist — are full of opportunities for advancement and a middle class lifestyle. In other sectors, like manufacturing, 62% of these jobs are dead ends, per a new report by JFF and Burning Glass Technologies provided exclusively to Axios.
What’s happening: Technology is rapidly changing the nature of middle-skills jobs, and employers, educators and policymakers are still playing catch-up, Manjari Raman, program director of Harvard Business School’s Project on Managing the Future of Work, tells Axios. Those with high school diplomas and a vocational or associates degree should be well-equipped to do middle-skills jobs, but curriculums have not kept up with tech trends, she says.