Think reshoring is real? Think again!

There’s a lot of continued dialogue about the reshoring of manufacturing and U.S. jobs from low labor-cost countries. The detractors of this supposed phenomenon say that significant reshoring is merely anecdotal – not a trend. Perhaps that is truer than we’d like to believe.

In the most recent issue (July 31, 2013) of Manufacturing & Technology News, Richard McCormack, the publisher of the monthly newsletter, slapped readers in the face with the reality of continued outsourcing to foreign countries. McCormack got his information from a website that serves U.S. workers who have lost their jobs due to the impact of offshoring or international trade that has adversely affected them. The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) website contains information on how to apply for the various services and benefits offered (

On the site there are also listings of petitions filed with the Department of Labor by companies, individuals and union heads to help laid-off employees obtain assistance. Benefits and services include training, career counseling, Trade Readjustment Allowances, health coverage assistance and job search allowances, and more....

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