Why try to claw-back Chinese jobs American’s won’t do?

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Why try to claw-back Chinese jobs American’s won’t do?

Actually, it is looking like the Chinese won’t be doing them for too long, either. 

Nice article in the Chicago Tribune supporting my position (and doing much better than I can) that the US, must work on job creation rather than trying to claw-back outsourced jobs from China. No comment now, just the link and one quote:

[...]President Barack Obama sounded the same note in his State of the Union address, calling on employers to “ask yourselves what you can do to bring jobs back to your country.”

The honest answer: Not much.

Rising costs in China and new tax incentives at home will help to “re-shore” jobs at the margin. But those factors will not change the economic facts that make China a haven for low- and medium-skilled manufacturing: cheap labor, a fixed currency and government financial incentives. If China becomes too costly, Vietnam or Indonesia are more likely to lure the low-tech assembly line than Rockford or Peoria.

Apple workers in China get about 2% of the cost of Apple products, the rest goes to R&D (in USA), and component suppliers in Korea, Japan and elsewhere. We can’t get those jobs back and frankly, we wouldn’t want them any more than Americans want to work picking lettuce or slaughtering pigs.

The US must invest in the types of industries which will satisfy American workers. Mass assembly of consumer electronics won’t make it. Even in China, these types of jobs are getting harder to fill each year.

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