Archive: Aug 2012

Is it the future yet?

The New York Times has a pretty interesting piece this week, not so much about the state of the manufacturing industry today as about where it could be tomorrow: This is the future. A new wave of robots, far more adept than those now commonly used by automakers and other heavy manufacturers, are replacing workers…

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Insourcing

This week’s piece of interesting perspective on the industry and employment comes from Hal Sirkin, in the Huffington Post: Wages in China are rising so rapidly that the insourcing vs. outsourcing calculus has changed. In 2000, U.S. wages were almost 22 times larger than those in China. By 2015, U.S. wages will be only four…

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The economy still needs manufacturing labor

This short article from the Huffington Post gives a nice summary of the state-of-the-industry in 2012: The economy is improving and jobs are being created except not in the places and industries you might expect. According to the just released Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) report from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM),…

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