Why The Manufacturing Jobs Are Not Coming Back

Tyler Durden's picture

There are a plethora of reasons underpinning the fact that manufacturing jobs are not coming back to the USA. Perhaps the simplest is purely economic. As McKinsey notes in a recent report, manufacturings' role in job creation shifts over time as manufacturing's share of output falls and as companies invest in technologies and process improvements that raise productivity. A critical finding is that as manufacturing's share of national output falls, so does its share of employment - following the inverted 'U' curve below. Manufacturing job losses in advanced economies have been concentrated in labor-intensive and highly tradable (read globalizable) industries such as apparel and electronics assembly. Thanks to the increased productivity and a 'high' credit-enabled standard-of-living, the US has simply priced itself out of the global manufacturing business (and so is China as its GDP per capita rises). Unless Americans are willing to put the twinkie (and iPad) down, those jobs will continue to bleed overseas (to India based on the chart below) building the ever-more self-fulfilling vicious circle of a nation dependent on state-aid to survive as only the 'unlucky' few remain employed.



Source: McKinsey

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camaro68ss's picture

The Bernake can just print us more jobs right?

francis_sawyer's picture

Why bother making shit when you can just print it?...

trav777's picture

that U-shape is called living off of what you built

Michaelwiseguy's picture

You can't have job growth in America because of all the globalist new world order trade treaties, NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT/WTO, etc. Wage arbitrage using slave wage countries against American workers prevents job creation in the USA. The Federal Reserve Corporation knows its sick twisted game is just about over.

The wage arbitrage problem will be fixed when the US defaults on the national debt and the rest of the planet cuts us deadbeats off from trade with them. I welcome that day.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Well, as bearing buyer (our main brands are from Korea), I could really care less about the US bearing manufacturing industry.  They WOULD NOT SELL to us, so f'em.

Americans don't want factory jobs.  South Korea now, because of a capital-friendly environment, has advanced manufacturing of bearings, their factories astonished me when I was there.  And now the Koreans have leap-frogged us, they now have 20 machines per man/woman (yes, on the clean & safe factory floor).  You don't make stuff for a while, you kind-of forget how..., and you lose the ability to innovate in YOUR factories.  Dumbasses...

Cry me a river, hardly anyone in Peru buys US bearings in quantity anymore.  Not us!  They won't sell to us anyway.

blunderdog's picture

Americans don't want factory jobs.

Not sure what led you to that conclusion.

It's worth remembering that Americans didn't QUIT their factory jobs. The jobs left, not the workers.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Do you personally KNOW anyone who works in a factory?  I do not.  Of course, that is anecdotal evidence, but the numbers are out there are manufacturing jobs.  

Unions help scare away factory-owner capital, I should have mentioned that too.

The jobs are NOT coming back.

blunderdog's picture

I did when I was growing up, but the folks knew even back in the late '80s that they were probably going to be dumped.

There was a plastic container manufacturing plant about 3 miles from the place I lived in high-school. Folks didn't love the job, but they were fine with it because it was mostly mindless and a "living" wage for cheap apartments and trailer parks.

How would either of us *know* factory workers today if there aren't any factories?

My point isn't that the jobs are coming back. My point is that you can't conclude that Americans don't want the jobs based on the fact that labor is cheaper in Bumblefuckistan.

economics9698's picture

The reason manufacturing jobs are not coming back is it is easier for the Yids to print the medium of exchange than it is to hire people to make shit.  It’s all about what the fucking Yids want.

blunderdog's picture

Their powerful mind-control techniques have permanently altered your brainwaves, obviously.  Perhaps they'll keep you as a pet if you prostrate yourself before such superior beings.

mkhs's picture

You, too, see what needs to be done.  It works on you, too.

blunderdog's picture

Nah.  I was being sarcastic.  Blaming an ethnic group is a coping strategy of the simplest minds only.

Michaelwiseguy's picture

My 30 year top CNC machinist experience gets me $10/ hour to start these days. My $1/4 million home is paid off so I go John Galt as often as possible like currently. I usually up and quite on my employer without notice when I get fed up with my pay. I've had 7 years of sabbaticals over the past 30 years while going through about 10 employers.  

Lednbrass's picture

Must be your area. In upstate SC low end starting rate is typically mid teens and yeah, I work in decent size metal shop. Our CNC supervisor (the guy who writes the programs) is at $30 and hell no, it ain't a Union shop. The guys who program and run the laser and punch machines are also all in the $25-35/hr. range and robot welder programmers/operators are at $20 ish.

Could be a history of walking off is working against you maybe? That number you give is crazy low for that field- our young unskilled guys who shake metal parts out of sheets coming off of the laser make that much.


Michaelwiseguy's picture

My top pay back in 2003 was 18.50/hr in SE PA. All my take home went to paying the mortgage and house bills. It was all down hill from there paywise. I sold my house in 2004 and spent the capitol gains on a foreclosed house in SW Florida in 2009, paid off 100%. Now I live like a king needing little money. I only work when I need money. 

Jon Bong Jovi's picture

$10/hr that's like what I paid the one of the ethnic gentleman standing in front of lowe's to dig my duck pond.

tbone654's picture

Even more simply...  No one can afford employees any more...  I know I can't...  Where at my peak I had 27 employees, now I have none...  COGS way too high...

Warehouse turned into batting cages... Now my family members do all the work, and I save a LOT of money...  No more employees for me ever...  They steal... They suck... They cost me too much in workers comp (12%)...  That's a lot of gross margin...  And here in this city, they require I give them all 9 paid sick days per year...  Blow me!

nope-1004's picture

Can't say I disagree.  Most employees, especially younger ones, just don't give a shit about their job.  Customer service is gone.  Helping someone at 4:30 on any day is a nuisance.  It's the age of entitlement.

I have a close friend who has a business that could easily expand if he wanted to, but he says "forget it.  I'd rather turn work away than deal with employees that could give a rip about my customers."


cxl9's picture

Completely agree. I operate a solid, profitable business, and I turn away a lot of work because I don't have enough capacity to handle it. I could probably double or triple the size of my business if I could hire competent, conscientious employees. But why bother? I am making a good living anyway. I have no interest in hiring, and it has nothing to do with regulations, tax policy, or Obamacare.

RKDS's picture

Sorry, I had to downvote you here.  I understand the frustration of being turned down by businesses that for some reason or another just aren't interested in actually doing business.  I've had my share of it to be sure.  But it's their imbecilic management turning me down, not the workers who'd surely welcome a little job security that a steady flow of orders would bring.  People who've never tried to do anything beyond work and shopping have no idea.  They'll turn away a million small orders waiting for one big order that may never come, just like the retards who send all of the entry level IT jobs to India and cry about a skills shortage here.  Where the fuck do you expect tomorrow's success stories to come from if you keep suffocating them in their cribs today?

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Imbecilic management describes it nicely, + 1.

Laddie's picture

The Swine who control our government sold us out, and the Koreans got another sweetheart treaty to sell their shoddy goods here. We know you HATE us:

South Koreans Struggle With Race
November 2, 2009

Today, the mix of envy and loathing of the West, especially of white Americans, is apparent in daily life.

The government and media obsess over each new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, to see how the country ranks against other developed economies. A hugely popular television program is “Chit Chat of Beautiful Ladies” — a show where young, attractive, mostly Caucasian women who are fluent in Korean discuss South Korea. Yet, when South Koreans refer to Americans in private conversations, they nearly always attach the same suffix as when they talk about the Japanese and Chinese, their historical masters: “nom,” which means “bastards.” …

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

It is relatively easy to cherry-pick something from the MSM.

Two comments:

1) Yes, many insular cultures are often racist, there is no doubt about that, and Korea is very insular.  But, on MY trip there, everyone was very decent to me (as far as I could tell, FWTW!), more Koreans spoke English (Seoul) than Japanese did (Osaka).  Anecdotal evidence only!  Keep in mind that Korea lives in a tough neighborhood, they don't like outsiders, ANY outsiders.  (That may mean that it might just be a good time to bring our troops home, reduce tensions w/ the locals?)

2) I dispute your comments re shoddy goods, at least for automotive products (oh, and Samsung, their big screen LED TVs and smartphones).  Hyundai overtook Toyota in Peru as Number One seller of cars (unit sales, not $ volume).  They Hyundai Accent and Kia's Rio and Soul vehicles are very popular here, and "Consumer Reports" gives them good ratings.

No junk, because you provided info worth commenting on.

Omen IV's picture

completely stupid - end to end  -  supply will meet damand as necessary - any limitation in us produciton capacity whether workers or  -capital if the demand was there  - would be able to supply quality goods - the fact is the WTO and other agreements have intentionally destroyed labor contribution - the lobbyist based decision process of government was paid to destroy the us capacity and more importantly organized labor

markets are a function of demand and access to markets - with tariffs comparable to 1975 there would be no chinese products in the usa - this was purely a political decision not economic decision - not capacity availability of us based product - new market= canada, usa and eec would have 700 million people enough to sustain a market all comparable wages and regulations and taxes - end the WTO!

Mountainview's picture

In the meantime China is moving up the scale of production complexity. In Peru you find now Chinese car brand names (Great Wall...) and theyn are also developing civil aircrafts aimed to compete with Boeing and Airbus.

So what will be left for the developed world to manufacture?

nufio's picture

as would most of the pople working those jobs for pennies. as soon as the trade treaties end and manucaturing is localized other countries will see no reason to hold on to the dollar and there might be justice in the world. What really needs to end is the dollar reserve status. This is what keeps the poor in developing countries poor and the poor in the US jobless.

HurricaneSeason's picture

It would be poetic justice if China confiscated all the traitor corporations property to cover the $trillion in debt that they are owed and bye bye $250 a month labor with no benefits.

TimmyB's picture

If our politicans were not whores who sell themselves to the highest bidder, then NAFTA, GATT/WTO CAFTA and all the rest of these so-called "free trade agreements" would be overturned in a heartbeat.  Shit, remember in 2008 when Obama said he would redo NAFTA, and he shortly thereafter sent a representative to Canada to tell the Canadian government he was just lying about changing NAFTA to get votes?  And how funny is it that some people think that whore is a communist?  Here's a clue for some people---whores don't whore themselves because they are secret Communists or Moslems.  They are whores because they get paid for it.    

In any event, manufacturing jobs are not comming back because the people who buy our politicians don't want manufacturing jobs to come back.  That's the reason these jobs left in the first place.  How in God's name could the Walton Family keep the same wealth as 40% of our population if they had to pay workers more than $2 per day to make the shit they sell at Wallmart?  How could the Walton Family keep paying its workers minimum wage if those workers could easily get a good paying manufacturing job?  The Waltons, Apple and their ilk could not remain as rich as they are if these jobs came back to America, so these jobs must stay overseas.       

The existance of manufacturing jobs in this country is a political, not economic, question.  Look at who rules this country.  We don't have manufacturing jobs here because our rulers want those jobs to be performed by rural Chinese peasents instead of middle class Americans.  Our rulers make more money that way.       






johnnymustardseed's picture

because the capitalists gave those jobs to communists


nope-1004's picture

Can't the banksters and Blythe just manufacture more nefarious credit instruments?  Voila... manufacturing in America fixed!

No other industry has seen more growth over the last decade than "financial innovation".  Total joke.  That's what 'merica has become...... completely reliant on changing accounting to fit the agenda and cover the real problem:  People don't produce anymore.  They just wait for assistance so the gov't is forced to change definitions to keep votes.  Don't like CPI?  Change it.  Don't like mark to market?  Change it.  Cover up the truth, cover up the inadequacies, so nothing to see here.  "Change you can believe in".  lol.

jjsilver's picture

The Sandy Hook Actors


Watch and judge for yourself whether you are witnessing genuinely grieved friends and family, or professional actors playing a designated role. I think the answer is obvious.

Pure Evil's picture

Is that one asshole to another?

Sorta like the pot calling the kettle Obama.

jjsilver's picture

Thank you for the compliment johnnymustardshill

blunderdog's picture

That video's a false flag.

There's not even such a place as Newtown, and when's the last time we even received confirmation that Connecticut exists?

It was a sound-stage in Hoboken.

jjsilver's picture

Blundershill do you mean the land known as Connecticut one of the several states, or do you mean the political fiction known as the STATE OF CONNECTICUT?

blunderdog's picture

I'm a false flag. I don't even exist, I'm just a part of the globalist conspiracy to piss you off. If you read the first letter from each line of every one of my posts going back to when I first signed up here, you'll see a secret encoded message about the next place the conspiracy is going to strike.

Get to work, son.

max bucket's picture

jjsilver you need help baby

All I see is a guy grieving with classic switching emotions

You see a NWO plot

Go figure

jjsilver's picture

You're right, I do need help waking up the people shill


switching emotions, surely you can do better max bucket shill

jbvtme's picture

jj...good action.  i'm convinced it was staged, too. everywhere you look it just doesn't seem natural.  check out the police chief threatening social media for talking about the event.  the emt's claim to have been in the building for five hours on friday.  doing what?  everyone was dead and the bodies weren't moved until the dead of nght.  did you see the fire power there on friday?  it looked like a war zone.  the shooter was dead. why the heavy artillary?  you really think mom took her retard to the shooting range or left guns around the house for him to play with?  sandy hook is mentioned in batman dark night rising movie. how did the cops end up with the bother's id?  there is not a digital (or physical) trace of adam in the past three years. hungar games author lives in sandy hook.  it's a psy op. 

JOYFUL's picture

help be on the way bro...


as usual, Jim's site is being messed around with every which way but loose, so just go to the home page and read what he is able to put up about the latest ZOG psy-op.

Amerika...total freak show now...even as late as Aurora, they put a little effort into polishing the production...now, it's just anything goes...kind of like the daily manipulation of the precious metals markets. It's all out in the open.

Disenchanted's picture



I scrolled further down at the jimstonefreelance.com to what he had to say about the blast in Indianapolis(south side) and I find it very interesting as I only live about 40 miles south of there. Initially it was blamed on natural gas, and I told my wife at that time I didn't think it looked like a natural gas blast. In fact I speculated here on a past thread that I wondered if there had been a training mishap by the Indiana Air National Guard, and that some ordnance had 'hung' after a run over their Madison Proving Grounds practice site.


Well things went quiet for awhile until this week it was announced that three suspects had been arrested. Seems investigators have zeroed in on a microwave oven being the ignition point(and set off the natural gas explosion). Can you believe that bullshit!? Look at what jim stone says and the pic embeded in this quote:


Indianapolis blast caused by high velocity explosive


There is little information coming out of Indianapolis, but all of what is coming out indicates that it was a high velocity detonation which occured a few feet off the ground.


There is little concrete foundation remaining at the house the explosion happened at, which totally rules out gas. The lack of high definition photos is damning, we are getting nothing of the blast epicenter and only the debris in the streets. I managed to find a super high quality photo of the neighborhood that does not focus on the house where it originated, but it is clear enough overall to seem to show that the foundation is gone and there is only dirt. But there is so much rubble that it is really hard to tell what is there without a better photo. I am working on this now, and will update it later.


I have received requests to explain the following photo better. When I mention the decompression damage, this is what I am trying to say. If you have a detonation from a military grade explosive, rather than a natural gas explosion, the shock wave that goes out from the blast is supersonic and forms a wall of bunched up compressed air as it moves outward. This creates a vacuum cavity in the heart of the detonation, which can go outward for several hundred feet. Air needs to rush backwards to fill that void after the blast wave has passed, and this creates an enormous suction after the intital blast that can cause significant damage in addition to the initial blast damage. So the arrows are pointing at windows, garage doors, and exterior walls of houses that got sucked off by this negative pressure wave. The fact that the houses I refer to had the external sheathing ripped outward, instead of being blown inward, proves that this was no gas explosion, which is subsonic, it was a detonation of military grade ordinance. Explosions are subsonic, detonations are supersonic, and detonations will cause the reverse pressure wave following the blast. Subsonic explosions will not. This is what I am referring to in the high res photo.

This is the only decent photo which will allow a study of the scene,It can tell us a few things, but not everything. More detail of the epicenter is needed. I hunted for that and cannot find it anywhere.


In the arab world, where the homes are made of solid concrete and have no wood at all, even inside, the negative pressure wave has a negligible effect. But in America, the homes are wood even if they have a brick face, and this will drastically increase the damage potential of the negative pressure wave. When our government decides to make such attacks commonplace, our homes will not offer any protection at all. In fact we are sitting ducks.


This was a much bigger blast than is being stated in the press, with eyewitnesses saying that 8 miles away it sounded like lightning hitting their homes, a recording being made at the time six miles away clearly recorded the blast, and it is not an explosion, it sounds like a detonation. Military veterans are saying it sounded exactly like military ordinance, and people two miles away from the blast say it was so loud they thought a bomb went off within their own yards. The blast effects in the high resolution photo indicate that not only was there a strong compression wave, but there was also a very strong subsequent decompression wave, with homes not badly damaged having their windows sucked out and not blown in, even while facing the direction of the blast. This effect is also visible on several garage doors.


Injuries from the scene exactly match those of battlefield blast wave injuries, which include lung damage, pulmonary damage, ear damage and psychosis/disorientation. This was NOT a gas explosion, meth lab explosion or anything else, it was a detonation of high grade explosives.


Since I do not have a better explanation I am going to tentatively state that the black helicopter and missile plume story could be possible, we all knew this was coming. But I have absolutely no confirmation of this or any other evidence other than blast effects. It appears that it was a smart guided bomb or missile with an ability to detonate after impact, (there are many bombs now that can be set to go off after they have entered a structure to a pre set depth.) This is what we are looking at, they did not want a crater forming ground burst but it appears to have stripped away the foundation. It sure would be nice to get a few REAL photos out of there.

I have also heard now from many writers that Fema and the DHS were on scene within three minutes. If true, this would be proof positive that it was a government hit, and as you know, Obama wrote himself some nice little tyrant powers that allow him to kill anyone he wants. I am not going to take the time to link it, if you don't already know this, you need to study your way to it. Welcome to the U.S.S.A, and in fact, it has been at least partially this way for a few years now.



I would like to know what the people who owned that house were doing. I would like to know if they had the goods on election fraud. I would like to know if they were in a position to be whistleblowers. I would like to know why on earth they were targeted like this, and I am not going along with a Sorcha explanation. The bottom line is I just don't have the answers here, the only thing I can affirmitively state is that this was a military hit of some sort.


Above the part about the Indy blast, Stone was referencing a night club blast in Springfield. Anyone know about this? Is it Springfield, IL, MO...or somewhere else?? I must have totally missed that incident. 



edit... Never mind I see it was at a Springfield, Mass strip club:


Stone is stating he doesn't think that's natural gas either.


Maybe it's no longer just an economic war on We the People...or maybe it's just our bad karma we've built up in our century long world tour killing spree.

blunderdog's picture

Agree the IN debris-field doesn't look like a natural gas explosion, but I don't think much can be concluded from that.  If the folks charged were at the end of their rope, wanting to blow up the house makes a certain sense, and if they constructed their own explosives, there are all kinds of reasons for why the authorities won't want to share that info.  A high-school level chemistry education puts high-explosives within reach of a lot of people.

Disenchanted's picture



True...I'm wondering if that's why the brother of the boyfriend of the woman who owned the house was brought into the plan. Could be he's ex-military with explosives experience. I haven't heard anything on that from the local news sources, but I don't monitor them that closely either.

HurricaneSeason's picture

Why would anyone hire an actor?  "Genuinely grieved"?  You're accusing them of hiding the fact that their happy about their young children being killed? I think you should stay on your meds and your post should be deleted.

Overfed's picture

NO, retard. He's saying that he thinks the whole thing is a hoax and never really happened.

BTW, it happened. The PTB have zero compunction whatsoever about wasting some kids to achieve their political objectives.