CIRAS Digest: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

  • The Quartz website wants you to know that you should not kid yourself – “U.S. Manufacturing Jobs are never really ‘coming back’ from China.” There’s no in-depth argument here. It just raises the point that there are plenty of other low-cost countries for manufacturing jobs to land and that the U.S. trend is toward “ ‘lean’ assembly lines that have as few people and as many machines as possible.”
  • Progress Illinois, which appears to be a left-leaning political news site, uses the State of the Union as a peg for revisiting a November report from the National Employment Law projects. That report focused on the lower-paid portion of manufacturing workers and stressed that, despite recent growth, “the jobs that are returning are not the ones that were lost: wages are lower, the jobs are increasingly temporary, and the promised benefits have yet to be realized.”
  • Elsewhere, Fortune has a story on “15 great places to work in manufacturing and production.” (None are in Iowa.) What do they share? According to the article, “a commitment to workplace safety, job training and development, and profit sharing, for starters.”
  • Closer to home, KIMT-TV in Mason City has a story on its website about a power line project that’s supposed to “drastically increase electric efficiency in the area” and prepare the area for more economic development.
  • And, for a new article (posted today) touting Iowa’s prowess as a place to start a business, check out Business Facilities, a resource for corporate site selectors. Lots of statistics, if you’re trying to convince somebody of something.

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