Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul joined Ed “Flash” Ferenc on the Oct. 5 edition of America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss reshoring manufacturing jobs in the United States.
Latest manufacturing jobs numbers
According to a new jobs report completed by the Alliance for American Manufacturing, there have been 66,000 manufacturing jobs created in September 2020. While this sounds like a large number, there are still 600,000 less manufacturing jobs in America than there were a year ago, Paul said.
Paul continued and spoke about layoffs in the U.S. manufacturing industry during 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that a lot of domestic manufacturing layoffs are looking either long term or permanent, exposing the drastic need to bring these jobs back to the U.S.
The reshoring of manufacturing jobs to the United States has been a hot topic and the COVID-19 pandemic shined the spotlight on that. Paul said the United States needed to reshore their manufacturing jobs, especially during the pandemic, so they no longer have to rely on outsourcing. The U.S. was dependent on China for the production of the highly demanded personal protective equipment, causing shortages in hospitals across the country.
If the U.S. were to produce their own PPE, there would be less shortages and doctors, nurses, and patients would have the proper equipment needed to stay safe during the pandmeic.
Defense Production Act
Paul later changed topics and began to discuss the Defense Production Act, the primary source of presidential authorities to send out a supply of materials and services from the U.S. industrial base needed to promote national defense.
He explained that if the U.S. can do this for military and defensive purposes for a war, they should be able to expedite supplies for PPE during a pandemic. Paul added that it would create jobs for U.S. workers, end the reliance on China for a supply chain, and more quickly combat shortages faced around the country.
Domestic Mineral Production
The last topic that Paul covered was about domestic mineral production. A common theme of the topics that Paul touched on was ending the reliance on China for various jobs; this one being mining. He explained that the U.S. should reshore mining jobs because the U.S. has stricter environmental labor laws, better safety standards for the workers, tighter environmental standards, and it is less of a national security threat.