Exporting Jobs

February 20, 2004 • Volume 14, Issue 7
Do low-paid foreign workers hurt or help the economy?
By Mary H. Cooper

Introduction

Skilled, low-wage workers have turned Bangalore, India, into a major outpost for Hewlett Packard and other firms seeking software programming and other services.  (AFP Photo/Indranil Mukherjee)
Skilled, low-wage workers have turned Bangalore, India, into a major outpost for Hewlett Packard and other firms seeking software programming and other services. (AFP Photo/Indranil Mukherjee)

The U.S. economy is recovering, but employment continues to lag. Experts blame some of the joblessness on the job-exporting phenomenon known as offshoring. Well-trained, low-wage workers in India, China and other developing countries make exporting American jobs attractive, along with the widespread availability of high-speed Internet connections. In addition, millions of foreign professionals have entered the U.S. work force using temporary visas, while millions more undocumented foreign workers from Mexico and Latin America have found low-wage jobs in the U.S. thanks to lax immigration and border-control policies. Offshoring proponents say paying lower wages reduces the cost of goods and raises profits, ultimately enabling U.S. companies to create better-paying jobs for Americans. Critics say offshoring simply eliminates good jobs.

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Jan. 11, 2002  Future Job Market
Apr. 24, 1998  High-Tech Labor Shortage
Oct. 24, 1997  Contingent Work Force
Feb. 28, 1992  Jobs in the '90s
Jun. 27, 1986  America's Service Economy
Jul. 22, 1983  Technology and Employment
Dec. 10, 1969  Jobs for the Future
Jun. 21, 1967  World Competition for Skilled Labor
Sep. 03, 1965  Shortage of Skills
Oct. 31, 1962  Retraining for New Jobs
Nov. 28, 1956  Shortage of Critical Skills
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Exports and Imports
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Vocational and Adult Education