The chart shows the relationship between several countries GDP and their Employment. The consumer spending habits of Americans are contributing to the gains in GDP of the countries like China, India, and Brazil. The expansion of these foreign countries and the environmental impact they contribute to nature is beyond our control.
US job reduction is also influenced by the average American consumer; every purchase we make here in the USA generates economic activity and environmental issues through-out our world. Proper management of our worlds resources can help preserve our earth for future generations; and the best way to contribute to a sustainable environment is thru investment into our own homeland with our own environmental concerns.
When Americans do not buy American, we loose our jobs to foreign interests and our wages decrease. Each purchase may seem like a “drop in the bucket” but every foreign product acquisition adds to the flood of domestic jobs to foreign countries, taking US unemployment to new highs. The blame may be passed to politicians and multinational corporations for some of our nations job loses, but when the American citizen does not even try to find compatible products in quality and price made in the country in which they reside, there will be no compromise between job creation and blame. The politicians will act on the issues that we the voters most care about, and the multinational corps. will give the consumer the products they ask for; but until the people of America decide to work together and stop buying foreign product, the blame can be placed on no-one but US. A list of job reductions by foreign and domestic companies are displayed below, until we unite and change our buying habits the slow drip of job loss and wage stagnation will continue and lead us into ruin.
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“The cross-section of Americans which used to be middle class,…are increasingly disposable, easily cast aside when not needed.” “American workers’ story is bleak”
A decrease in wages and fewer jobs for high school graduates (“Three in 10 are jobless”) is just another reason we need to support America and purchase US made products. The young people of this nation have been neglected by our foreign spending habits. Lack of jobs and low pay are the result of a world market state of equilibrium, where as we purchase foreign goods the production methods and wages are transferred from our domestic economy.
For the sixth month in a row private sector jobs are declining, first quarter of 2013 looks dim. There is no upside, unless we start to reinvest into our own manufacturing sector.
According to the Labor Department our major industries are losing jobs: “government, financial activities, manufacturing and construction and mining” are all in a three year decline. Economist Peter Gioia of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, said the jobs numbers are ‘‘pretty grim news…..
Overall it shows an economy that isn’t even in first gear right now,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s really stuck in neutral.’’
SNL performs a skit making jest of the tech press, the “peasant labor” making our products, and “What does America Make?”. The oppressed freedoms and living conditions of those in China are highlighted in the witty Saturday Night Live performance.
Everyday American citizens purchase toys form “Disney, Hasbro and RC2″ and electronics from “AT&T, Motorola, and retail giant Walmart”. These and many other companies produce products in foreign countries contributing to peasant labor wages, crowded sleeping quarters, bed bugs, lice, inadequate food and life threatening situations (referred to in the skit).
Today, Bangladesh has been labeled to become the next China with estimated garment exports to reach approx. 54 billion dollars by the year 2020. Apparel “factories churn out clothing for brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, Calvin Klein and H&M; having the lowest labor costs in the world, with the minimum wage for garment workers set at roughly $37 a month”. Link to Article
Lost American Jobs, Low wages, oppressed freedoms, and poor living conditions are all consequences of buying foreign made products.
As shipping companies raise rates on foreign product imports for Christmas; and American consumers increase buying from foreign countries; contributing to the increased cost of fuel, our US manufacturing jobs decline by 15,000 workers.
According to Jacob Goldstien, over at NPR at the Planet Money website “Everyone (including us) is saying this morning that the U.S. economy gained 163,000 jobs last month. Strictly speaking, this is a lie. In fact, the U.S. economy actually lost 1.2 million jobs last month. There were 134.1 million jobs in June, and 132.9 million jobs in July.” Link to Bureau of Labor Statistics PDF
As US manufacturing jobs start to return, the new hire starting wages are lower than in previous years and the hourly pay is not keeping up with inflation. The purchase of made in USA product can help keep our jobs, and keep average paychecks in balance with inflation.
American Jobs are important and promoting the companies that produce American made products are essential, but taking other peoples money (the US taxpayer) and spending it on subsidies can create severe consequences.
The half a billion wasted could have been used to support over 4,000 American private sector jobs (see link above), if left in the pockets of those who earned the money; the monies would have been distributed more evenly through-out our country.
“Mandates, which require companies go through a lengthy and restrictive licensing process to sell their goods to foreign buyers, cost U.S. satellite manufacturers $20.8 billion in revenue and 27,000 jobs annually between 1999 and 2009″.See article here.
The cyber and physical Christmas shopping season has negated, “any gains in America’s output” for 2011. Most of the retail gifts this year were bought from foreign countries with borrowed money. The habit of buying imported merchandise and spending money on credit has been detrimental to the American job base and helped to increase credit card debt to almost $1,000,000,000,000.00 (one trillion dollars). The “US can’t afford high cost of low-priced Christmas gifts made in China”.
“Eliminated or Displaced 2,790,100 jobs”“The study says 2.8 million jobs nationwide were lost because of Chinese policies since China entered the World Trade Organization 10 years ago.” See article here.
Approx. 1,100 Jobs Lost.“Among the challenges that doomed Solyndra: Low-cost Chinese manufacturers backed by large subsidies from the government are building massive factories that have rapidly driven down the price of solar panels and shifted more than 50 percent of production to China.” See article here.
Thousands of jobs will be lost and wages stagnate as the American people keep buying products from the multinational corps., that hire workers in Foreign Countries.
Approx. 650 Jobs at 7 Stores.When manufacturing declines and US made product is not made available, there will be devastating consequences for American workers and their family’s:”Lowe’s closed seven stores Sunday that it said were under performing; the move eliminated 650 jobs.” See article here.
Over 4500 retail Jobs have been lost since 2006. Based on a data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; in June 2011 Modesto had 18,500 Retail Jobs down 17.78% from 2006. See a Chart Here.
95 jobs will be lost when ConAgra Foods closes their microwave popcorn producing plant in Hamburg Iowa. ConAgra products are available in restaurants, supermarkets, and a variaty of food service companies. Their headquarters are located in Omaha, Nebraska. Link to Article
GE a Connecticut based multinational conglomerate is investing close to 2 billion into China. They are moving their Health care X-ray division form Waukesha, Wisconsin to the Chinese capital city of Beijing. It is claimed there “won’t be any job cuts” but surly no jobs will be created here in America due to this foreign investment.Link to Article
159 employees will lose their jobs to Mexico by 4th qtr. 2012. Baldwin Hardware Corp. plant closing in Reading located in Berks County, PA. Link to Article
184 employees jobs will be affected as production is shifted to other company plants. Over regulation is blamed; corporate tax surcharges and new mandates such as paid sick leave are making it hard for the manufacturers in Connecticut to stay in business. Unilever is a multinational corporation, they have plants worldwide. Link to Article