While searching through the “freshly pressed” section, I came across a very interesting blog about American manufacturing. The blog is titled simplyamericadotnet and it reviews the current situation with jobs in the manufacturing sector of the US economy. The most recent post is about how there are many manufacturing jobs available right now, but not enough certified people to fill them. Although this is currently the case, larger numbers of Americans are completing certifications required for these jobs. The author thinks there are several reasons why people don’t consider manufacturing jobs while searching for employment. These have to do with the stereotypes associated with college degrees and which jobs pay well. The majority of his other posts are also focused on American manufacturing, as he is currently writing a book about creating jobs in the US manufacturing sector called, “Simply Life.”
I felt as though this blog provides great means for comparison between what we have been discussing with electronics manufacturing at factories such as Foxconn and American manufacturing. We have always discussed manufacturing jobs in China as undesirable because of harsh conditions and low pay. These jobs are often the bottom of the pecking order and can even be life threatening. This blog reviews American manufacturing jobs as appealing. Once someone completes a certification, they can be fairly sure that they will be able to find a job due to the large number that are available. Not only is there a demand for manufacturing workers, the pay is also decent. This is a growing sector, so who wouldn’t want to be part of it? Manufacturing workers in China and the United States both make products for American consumers, but are completely opposite in terms of desirability.