19 Surprising Facts About the Deindustrialization of America

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    This is an interesting and alarming read.

    19 Surprising Facts About the Deindustrialization of America -- Seeking Alpha

    The United States is rapidly becoming the very first "post-industrial" nation on the globe. All great economic empires eventually become fat and lazy and squander the great wealth that their forefathers have left them, but the pace at which America is accomplishing this is absolutely amazing.........

    .......The following are 19 facts about the deindustrialization of America that will blow your mind....

    1.The United States has lost approximately 42,400 factories since 2001. About 75 percent of those factories employed over 500 people when they were still in operation.
    2.Dell Inc. (DELL), 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 (F) 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.

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    Our path as a nation is destined to fail.

    I am waiting for a certain wingnut to post how outsourcing actually creates american jobs.
     
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    Unless we have the courage to do what we need to do to change the course.
     
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    I really do not think we have the strength any more to do what needs doing.
    We are pretty much controlled thru the media and such by corporate interests and such.
    Just drones.
     
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    absolutely. WHY are our leaders intentionally destroying the USA?
     
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    sleeple.
     
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    Political parrots, sheeple, fat and lazy, etc
    Makes no difference in the long run, if wwe do not do drastic changes we are going down. Many more will be reduced to just existing.
    Those in the big cities will be totally up the creek.
     
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    or the US will just become another third world nation

    Globalization always intended to fully disempower labor and destroy the nation state.

    Once we are weakened and downtrodden we will welcome, no beg for, a one world government to rescue us.
     
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    This post rocks !!! :clap2:

    This is THE problem of the economy.

    Now all we need to do is to get people to realize we can DO something about it.

    Remember we (the US) is the worlds largest consumer...we're the ones buying things...or were.

    All we need to do is to increase taxation on goods manufactured outside the US and we can reverse these awful trends.

    and Yes it will hurt some Multinational US companies bottom line....but too bad... If they don't want to do be an American company then get out !

    And to do something about it...we need to know who is actually in charge of our trade goods taxation policy....anyone know ?
     
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    I think that any company that oursources overseas and reduces jobs here should pay a 25% tarrif on all manufactured goods they import.

    remove the profit in moving jobs overseas and it will slow or stop.
     

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