Reminiscences Of An American Industrial Nation - How In A Few Short Years America Lost Its Manufacturing Sector

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Some time ago, there was a lengthy debate as to why anyone even cares
about the manufacturing ISM number. After all America is now by and far a
service economy. Obviously, that debate ended in a stalemate.
Nonetheless, the sad truth is that with each passing year America is losing ever more of its once dominant industrial advantage, and with
the chief export being "financial innovation", should the world
experience another risk flare up it is very likely that the world will
enforce an embargo on any future US "imports" and the country's current
account deficit will drop to a level from which there is no recovery. So
for those who are still not convinced of just how serious the
deterioration is, The Economic Collapse blog has compiled this handy list of 19 fact that demonstrate the deindustrialization of America in all its glory.

#1 The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001. 

#2 Dell Inc., one of America’s largest manufacturers
of computers, has announced plans to dramatically expand its operations
in China with an investment of over $100 billion over the next decade.

#3 Dell has announced that it will be closing its
last large U.S. manufacturing facility in Winston-Salem, North
Carolina in November.  Approximately 900 jobs will be lost.

#4 In 2008, 1.2 billion cellphones were sold worldwide.  So how many of them were manufactured inside the United States?  Zero.

#5 According to a new study conducted by the
Economic Policy Institute, if the U.S. trade deficit with China
continues to increase at its current rate, the U.S. economy will lose over half a million jobs this year alone.

#6 As of the end of July, the U.S. trade deficit with China had risen 18 percent compared to the same time period a year ago.

#7 The United States has lost a total of about 5.5 million manufacturing jobs since October 2000.

#8 According to Tax Notes,
between 1999 and 2008 employment at the foreign affiliates of U.S.
parent companies increased an astounding 30 percent to 10.1 million.
During that exact same time period, U.S. employment at American
multinational corporations declined 8 percent to 21.1 million.

#9 In 1959, manufacturing represented 28 percent of U.S. economic output.  In 2008, it represented 11.5 percent.

#10 Ford Motor Company recently announced the closure of a factory that produces the Ford Ranger in
St. Paul, Minnesota. Approximately 750 good paying middle class jobs
are going to be lost because making Ford Rangers in Minnesota does not
fit in with Ford's new "global" manufacturing strategy.

#11 As of the end of 2009, less than 12 million Americans worked in manufacturing.  The last time less than 12 million Americans were employed in manufacturing was in 1941.

#12 In the United States today, consumption accounts for 70 percent of GDP. Of this 70 percent, over half is spent on services.

#13 The United States has lost a whopping 32 percent of its manufacturing jobs since the year 2000.

#14 In 2001, the United States ranked fourth in the world in per capita broadband Internet use.  Today it ranks 15th.

#15 Manufacturing employment in the U.S. computer industry is actually lower in 2010 than it was in 1975.

#16 Printed circuit boards are used in tens of thousands of different products.  Asia now produces 84 percent of them worldwide.

#17 The United States spends approximately $3.90 on Chinese goods for every $1 that the Chinese spend on goods from the United States.

#18 One prominent economist is projecting that the Chinese economy will be three times larger than the U.S. economy by the year 2040.

#19 The U.S. Census Bureau says that 43.6 million
Americans are now living in poverty and according to them that is the
highest number of poor Americans in the 51 years that records have been kept.

The conclusion:

So how many tens of thousands more factories do we need to lose before we do something about it?

How many millions more Americans are going to become unemployed
before we all admit that we have a very, very serious problem on our

How many more trillions of dollars are going to leave the country
before we realize that we are losing wealth at a pace that is killing
our economy?

How many once great manufacturing cities are going to become rotting
war zones like Detroit before we understand that we are committing
national economic suicide?

The deindustrialization of America is a national crisis.  It needs to be treated like one.

If you disagree with this article, I have a direct challenge for
you.  If anyone can explain how a deindustrialized America has any kind
of viable economic future, please do so below in the comments section.

America is in deep, deep trouble folks.  It is time to wake up.