TD Economics Report Heralds Revival of American Manufacturing Sector Through Reduced Offshoring of Jobs

 TD Economics Report Heralds Revival of American Manufacturing Sector Through
                          Reduced Offshoring of Jobs

Changing conditions both globally and domestically make U.S. manufacturing
increasingly more competitive as 'offshoring' of jobs abates

PR Newswire

PORTLAND, Maine, and CHERRY HILL, N.J., Oct. 15, 2012

PORTLAND, Maine, and CHERRY HILL, N.J., Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TD
Economics (www.td.com/economics), an affiliate of TD Bank, America's Most
Convenient Bank^®, released a special report today crediting the revival of
the U.S. manufacturing sector as a key driver in the economic recovery,
largely due to a slowdown in offshoring activity. This slowdown has kept in
the U.S. some of the jobs that used to be rapidly offshored, especially ones
in relatively capital-intensive industries such as computers & electronics,
machinery, fabricated metals, and plastics and rubber, accounting for about
one-quarter of the 200,000 manufacturing jobs added over the last 12 months.

The report indicates that since the trough occurring in January of 2010, the
manufacturing sector has added nearly 500,000 jobs, in part due to the
deceleration of shipping jobs overseas. The drivers behind the deceleration
result from a unique combination of dynamic global and domestic conditions.

On the global scale, offshore wages have risen rapidly, while an appreciating
renminbi and volatile transportation rates have weakened offshoring's cost
advantages. Domestically, existing intellectual property protection,
flexibility arising from tighter supply chains, a trend toward
mass-customization and access to natural gas energy from shale formations have
begun to tip the manufacturing scales back in the favor of the U.S.

"Even though manufacturing has shed jobs in the past two months, it does not
detract from the remarkable upswing that has been underway since the Great
Recession ended. This resurgence has bucked a trend that has been in place
for more than a decade allowing manufacturing jobs to be a key driver of the
economic recovery," said Michael Dolega, the TD Economist who authored the
study. "We believe that capital-intensive manufacturing industries will lead
this onshoring trend, while labor-intensive industries such as apparel and
textiles will remain, or perhaps be pushed even further, offshore."

The report cautions that 'en masse' industry onshoring isn't likely to occur,
nor will the trend replace the nearly six million jobs lost to offshoring
since the peak in the mid-2000s. Also of note is that new manufacturing jobs
will require less labor-intensive, but more high-skill, highly-productive
positions that the U.S. has a competitive advantage in.

To view the full report, please visit:
http://www.td.com/document/PDF/economics/special/md1012_onshoring.pdf

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