The decision by China to keep the value of its currency artificially low has a direct impact on jobs in the United States. But that's just one of a host of issues the Obama administration and Congress must address to rebuild America's job base and reestablish its global competitiveness. We're calling on the administration and Congress to call out China on its currency manipulation—and to forge an industrial policy that strengthens our economy.
For more than three decades, we have been shedding factories and manufacturing jobs—as well as the suppliers, contractors, shippers, trainers, managers and other jobs that go along with them. Here are some basic facts you should know about the state of American manufacturing, as well as the outlines of a progressive approach that will create new jobs for a 21st-century economy.
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MAKING IT IN AMERICA
There's no disputing that America's manufacturing sector is on the ropes—or is there? Some experts argue that manufacturing in the U.S. is healthy; it's the workers who have to adjust, not our industrial policy. We present the argument, then take it apart. For anyone concerned about how we are going to create new, stable jobs with living wages, this is a debate that matters. Join it »