If You’re Wondering Where The Good Jobs Went, A Massive Clue Is Right Here

The recession that we're kinda sorta coming out of was caused by ever-increasing income inequality. That much has been decided. But what actually started that ball rolling? One part was the moving of good middle-class jobs overseas. That only got worse during the Great Recession, but there are people and companies who are starting to reverse that tide.

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U.S. Steel Corporation today announced it is permanently closing...

Jones and Laughlin Steel plant is shutting down...

200 American steel mills shut down...

One thousand workers...

When you as an economy get rid of your manufacturing base, the results are very cataclysmic. You have a domino effect.

You know, I always thought our motto was, "You dream it, we build it." Suddenly I’m seeing the sales dropping off.

Mark called me up, he said, "Dad, we lost the job." He said somebody outbid us.

It's not within the United States, it's somebody overseas.

Since the year 2000, we've lost about 5.5 million manufacturing jobs. That loss in manufacturing jobs is kind of the backbone that has caused this incredible unemployment.

What do I do now? I'm almost 50 years old. All I know is this.

What the country's realizing now is that making things is important.

One of the things that’s always been great about America is Americans.

It gets back to it just being good business to invest in your community.

We understand why businesses offshore their production. We also fundamentally believe that making things is critically important to the long term health of this country.

We're making more sales, we're making more partnerships.

Knowing that we put shoes on a lot of people, it's something to be proud of.

It's about believing in something.

What if you fail?

That's not an option.

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This clip is the trailer for "American Made Movie," which is about what happened to American manufacturing jobs and, yes, how some are coming back. To see the full movie, check out the website, where there are various ways to do so. They're also on Facebook and Twitter.

Jun 11, 2014

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