Blue-collar workers aren’t safe yet

Another 600,000 manufacturing jobs are still in jeopardy, but skilled workers remain scarce
By Andy Shaw
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/10/2006

The loss of manufacturing jobs to other parts of the world has evidently bottomed out in the United States. Some reports from south of the border suggest the remnants of the blue-collar workforce are relatively safe because what’s left, for the most part, can’t be sent overseas.

On this side of the border, the manufacturing picture has been grim. An estimated 200,000 manufacturing jobs were lost last year, and January saw a whopping 42,000 more disappear.

Pierre Laliberté, senior economist at the Canadian Labour Congress, said the bleeding hasn’t stopped. There are currently about two million manufacturing jobs in the country, a number he doesn’t expect to hold.