Reality check: US factory jobs lost are due overwhelmingly to increases in productivity and they’re not coming back


From Mark J. Perry

Bottom Line: The great majority of US manufacturing job losses (88% according to this study) are a direct result of increased productivity of America’s factory workers, not because our jobs have moved overseas. And those factory jobs lost to increased productivity are never, ever coming back to America, unless of course Team Trump can somehow negotiate deals with the powerful forces of technological progress to slow the steady march of advances in labor-saving manufacturing technologies and “Make America Less Productive Again.”