Decline in Manufacturing Jobs
The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing. The chart above by Richard Florida depicts the change in growth and decline of different sectors of the job market. Clearly we see the decline of farming and manufacturing jobs, we also see the increase in creative work and low wage service sector jobs. The media consistently voices concern over the decline of manufacturing jobs which is perceived to be hindering job growth and stiffing the middle class. Additionally China is blamed for the reduction in manufacturing jobs as production is shipped overseas. The media typically doesn’t provide alternative reasons for the decrease in manufacturing jobs, but I believe there is a correlation between the decrease in manufacturing and increase in creative jobs. Perhaps the increasing number of creative workers are designing ways to improve the efficiency of manufacturing which has reduced the number of jobs required. Ford has developed robots which can provide a majority of development of car on an assembly line which was probably developed by the creative workers of Ford.