15 Jan One very simple thing we can all do to bring jobs back to the United States? Sign me up.
How was the holidays? We bet you did a shopping spree in a nearby mall — buying gifts for the people you love. But the question is, did you even think about what you were buying?
Most people do not. Even though you’re busy, there’s an admirable reason to stop and think for a moment about what you’re buying. We’re probably sure that you’ve bought more products produced by other countries aside from our own. A lot of what you see in the mall or online is made in other countries, often in subpar working conditions. But you have a choice.
If we try to find just a few more American-made items, it can mean so much for people in this country.
Jobs. Employment. Wages for your neighbors.
One of the reasons the recession was so hard to rebound from is that we’ve lost so many of the good-paying jobs to outsourcing — that is, sending jobs overseas. When that happens, other jobs go with them.
The local grocer, and hairstylist, and pub, and restaurants, and lawyers, and dentists … all kinds of jobs disappear when factories close and move overseas. Many of the white-collar jobs that support manufacturing also go.
The folks from the Million Jobs Project, an organization trying to raise awareness about this concept, have consulted with economists who say that all it takes to get jobs going again is for each of us to spend 5% more on American-made goods. When you fit that into your holiday shopping, that likely amounts to just one gift.
Where can you find American-made goods?
The website for the Million Jobs Project has a list of goods still made here.
“Out of 100 purchases you make, maybe 20 of those are already made in the U.S., and all you need to do is buy one more American made thing. That’s 5%. Just one more thing.”
Are you in? For our country!
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Video Source: Million Jobs Project on Youtube