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Factories are finding that years of doing business overseas has withered what once was a thriving textile and apparel work force in the United States.
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This article highlights the biggest problem in the American job market today, the skill gap. People have been told for years that the only way to a good job is to go to college. This is not always true and this article highlights this. There are skilled trades out there but no one skilled to do them. This problem needs to be addressed so that the unemployed work force can be trained to do these types of jobs. Young people today seem to feel that the only way is a college degree but this article highlights the other paths to work which are through skilled trade labor. People complain that nothing is made here but there are reasons for that and when companies try to bring industry back to America they encounter the skill gap.
Manufacturing companies have to weigh the pros and cons of outsourcing or staying domestic. Many companies have chosen profits over quality and safety by outsourcing jobs over the past couple decades. Outsourcing of jobs is a product of globalization. However, the internet and other informational resources are also a large part of globalization which have allowed citizens of the United States to be exposed to what is actually happening in these outsourced manufacturing factories (similar to the role photography played in exposing behind-the-scenes truths of the United State's domestic manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution). The demand for domestic-made products is increasing, and companies are listening. However, the years that these jobs have been overseas have allowed not only the specialized skills of domestic workers to disappear, but also the creation of stigmas towards these jobs.