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Noah Smith

Coronavirus Isn’t Bringing Jobs Back to America

Wilbur Ross’s claims that the China disease outbreak will lead companies to shift production to U.S. can’t be taken seriously.

Very funny

Very funny

Photographer: Bloomberg/Bloomberg

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had a spectacularly insensitive reaction to China’s coronavirus epidemic during a recent interview:

This is a heartless thing to say at a time when thousands of Chinese people have been infected, and millions more are huddling indoors as disease spreads. But it’s also probably wrong on the merits. Coronavirus is unlikely to be a boon for U.S. employment.