Magazine December 31, 2010, Issue

Manufacturing Unemployment

A person enters at a jobs center in San Francisco, Calif., February 4, 2010. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)
Stopping Obama’s regulatory agenda can’t wait until 2012

For most Americans, persistently high unemployment is a new development — but employment in the manufacturing sector has been taking a beating for decades. Painful as that is, it’s not all bad news: Part of it reflects investments in better processes and technology that have made manufacturing less labor-intensive — more efficient factories need fewer workers. A second consideration is the price, well worth paying, of participating in a global economy filled with highly capable industrial competitors. But part of the decline is the direct result of federal policies that have put U.S. manufacturing at an unfair disadvantage against overseas

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