Jobs

The loss of jobs, is not due to a large influx of illegal immigrants. The truth is that America is steadily losing jobs due to automation. Think back to experiences you have had in your community; cashiers, bank tellers, warehouses workers, cart boys, assembly-line workers all have been replaced by robot technology. Now with the invention of new technology in the automated vehicle projects, taxi drivers, bus drivers (city and school), UPS, USPS, DHL, beverage drivers, and semi truck drivers are all at risk of becoming extinct. The convenience of websites like Google and Amazon has brought the shopping experience to peoples living rooms, thus retail stores are dying.

Now ask your self who is truly respondsible for the loss of American jobs?

WOLFGANG LEHMACHER wrote in an article titled “Don’t Blame China for Taking U.S. Jobs” that “the U.S. has lost 5 million factory jobs since 2000. And trade has indeed claimed production jobs – in particular when China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. Nevertheless, there was no downturn in U.S. manufacturing output. As a matter of fact, U.S. production has been growing over the last decades. From 2006 to 2013, “manufacturing grew by 17.6%, or at roughly 2.2% per year,” according to a report from Ball State University. The study reports as well that trade accounted for 13% of the lost U.S. factory jobs, but 88% of the jobs were taken by robots and other factors at home.”

Aside from pointing fingers to issues like immigration; to avoid answering questions on job creation, how will congress help educate and re-train the American worker in the ever evolving field of technology?