Where the Jobs Went…

Posted: December 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

MSN: …But the jobs are going elsewhere. The Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank, says American companies have created 1.4 million jobs overseas this year, compared with less than 1 million in the U.S. The additional 1.4 million jobs would have lowered the U.S. unemployment rate to 8.9 percent, says Robert Scott, the institute’s senior international economist.

 One of the very-American examples, has definitely jumped the fence:

Take the example of DuPont, which wowed the world in 1938 with nylon stockings. Known as one of the most innovative American companies of the 20th century, DuPont now sells less than a third of its products in the U.S. In the first nine months of this year, sales to the Asia-Pacific region grew 50 percent, triple the U.S. rate. Its stock is up 47 percent this year.

DuPont’s work force reflects the shift in its growth: In a presentation on emerging markets, the company said its number of employees in the U.S. shrank by 9 percent between January 2005 and October 2009. In the same period, its work force grew 54 percent in the Asia-Pacific countries.

Another American icon.. Coke…

Of Coke’s 93,000 global employees, less than 13 percent were in the U.S. in 2009, down from 19 percent five years ago.

The company would not say how many new U.S. hires it has made in 2010. But its latest new investments are overseas, including $240 million for three bottling plants in Inner Mongolia as part of a three-year, $2 billion investment in China. The three plants will create 2,000 new jobs in the area. In September, Coca-Cola pledged $1 billion to the Philippines over five years.

Reasons?

  • US consumer demand has been down. Companies go where the money is.
  • Overseas competition has improved.
  • Poor US education system.

There are so many reasons why our country is failing. Part is due to education, demand and improvement of overseas employees, etc. But there are things that caused our country to fall into this hole. The standards have been lowered over the course of years, and decades. Standards in education, standards in manufacturing, standards in pride in our country. As everything was decaying, we wake up to the current realities. We have a president whose first step into the White House involved a world-wide apology tour. The apology tour expanded to centuries before and surely centuries ahead for all we might do. Our country has been condemned for being a success, to the point our country has pulled the brakes on success and achievement. Even before Obama, we have offered hand outs to other countries, more concerned with their well-being vs our own, and basically in an apologetic gesture. This once tough, innovative, admirable and envied country has become what? A country to be ridiculed, pitied, and picked from like a carcass.

So how do we get our country back? How do we make it strong again? No doubt that will not be easy, but it needs to be done. If not America will turn into some wimpy kid on the block, being pushed around and picked on by the stronger, smarter more successful countries. The hard part is how to we rebuild American businesses again? They have slipped away and are strong entities elsewhere, they are no longer our businesses. We do need to start new, and fresh.. we also need to firm up our country. We need to uphold our Constitution, we need to stop the open door free-for all giving everything to illegals. We need to look at our own country & people when it comes to helping, and rebuilding. We should look to the now successful countries for clues, like Australia, they have a very strong immigration policy, that is a great place to start. Our education system is definitely another place to focus on. Kids need to stop being coddled in school, no more prizes for participation, no more everyone is equal/no hurt feeling crap, the kids and education need to be stronger.

Educational Rankings If you need confirmation about the US education problem… check out the following. The US falls in the bottom dozen of each list. Look at the countries that top of the lists!

Reading: Top 5

  • Korea
  • Finland
  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Ireland

Reading: Bottom 5

  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Russian Federation
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • (US did not have a number, so may very well be the lowest rank).

Math: Top 5

  • Finland
  • Korea
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • Canada

Math: Bottom 5

  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • (US ranked in the bottom 7)

Science: Top 5

  • Finland
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Australia

Science: Bottom 5

  • Portugal
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • (US ranked in the bottom 12)
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Comments
  1. Katie says:

    It’s simple. Our country has switched from a nation of makers to a nation of takers.

    DuPont – oh, you’ve got me with that one. When I was a kid, my dad was the only dad on the street who didn’t work for DuPont. Everyone I knew had a dad with DuPont. But, DuPont has been forced out of our country. You’ve listed many reasons – education, sales, growth – but never forget some others. The EPA is crippling us, and I believe it is on purpose. DuPont has been sited for numerous “violations” in our area (some maybe true, some probably false). These restrictive regulations are chasing away the chemical companies – DE is no longer the Chemical Company of the World…

    Then look to taxes. And additional costs. Minimum wages that are in no stretch of the imagination “fair”. (By fair I mean that the cost for the uneducated, untried, newbie employee is more than that person is worth) Then slap on Soc Sec, Unemployment, Worker’s Comp, healthcare and you’ve got a new employee that you are basically paying $25 an hour for. Then there are the taxes….. ‘nough said on that.

    Education – get rid of the unions. get rid of tenure (who else on this planet has a guaranteed job these days?). get rid of the red tape.

    But, even more, we need a society that respects education, one that actually places a value on education. Instead of ridiculing the smart kid, we need to celebrate him. And, our educational system needs to provide a way for the brilliant to improve themselves. We are so stuck on stupid (teaching to the lowest students) that we are crippling the very students that could lead our country out of this mess…..

  2. gypsy says:

    Katie, Thought I might get you with mentioning DuPont. And you make PERFECT points… the restrictions, the payrates, the taxes, etc, etc.. other countries they can get better and cheaper employees who are actually happy to have those jobs. Where we have a country full of people who think they deserve so much more, they want to start on the top rung day one.

    Now the chemicals.. when I have looked at the cancer maps, I do have say (and I rarely am on the same side with the gov’t on anything) but when I look at those maps.. I do see ridiculous concentrations of cancer in DE, concentrated around the DE River of course.

    http://cancercontrolplanet.cancer.gov/atlas/index.jsp

    http://statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov/map/map.noimage.php

    you can see from Delaware up the New England coast line has the highest concentration of cancer cases. These also have had the most chemical, industrial etc type plants, which will have more things seeping into the soil, water & air.

    There does need to be some serious overhaul in education. No more liberal education crap.. no more fluffy happy stuff.. no more excluding chunks of education because it might offend, no more teaching to the lowest level… we need to return to a country that achieves and creates, one that aspires to be more.. and hey the one the others envied!! To be envied is not always a bad thing!

  3. Katie says:

    Grin. Yeah, know about that cancer thing. Had a friend that lived next to a superfund site. We used to joke that he didn’t need lights at night, everything just glowed green.

    There has to be some happy medium. But, let’s be honest – the companies are fleeing to countries that actually want them. We are losing jobs to countries that have highly educated people, willing to work for less. Our country hits companies with taxes, stomps on them with the EPA, and then will put the boot on their throat when they need a scapegoat.

  4. gypsy says:

    definitely there has to be a way, a happy medium. And since toxic places need people to work at/for them, they will still need to be near people.

    To restrict our country from things that keep our country strong, keep money & business here.. is basically that suicide bullet. We already have the proof, as we see OUR companies going elsewhere, employing other people, etc. they are taking money out of the US.

    The damage has already been done to states like NJ, DE, etc.. taking away those businesses has done what? well it gave DE bank card companies that took their businesses elsewhere, so then what? well there is retail, well sorta right?

    The result, well guess eventually there will be less cancer rate, but to what advantage.. if there are no jobs, no economy.. and a bunch of underachieving brats left to fix what is broken? YIKE, scary thought huh?

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