Folks, as I’ve been saying, trade deals like NAFTA are NOT the primary reasons why manufacturing jobs are disappearing at an ever-increasing rate in our country. The REAL reason has far more to do with the manufacturing sector of our economy becoming more innovative and automated.
In fact, rather than falling, our output of manufactured goods in the United States has actually gone UP by some 66% since the NAFTA accord was inked. That work is simply now being done with fewer and fewer people.
An excellent article by Adrienne Lewis in today’s USA Today tells the real story: