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For some in Mass., offshoring still stings

EPPR Senior Research Manager Branner Stewart quoted

From the Globe article:

Nationally, the number of manufacturing jobs has been increasing since 2010 — it’s now at nearly 13 million. But in pockets of the country, including Massachusetts, manufacturing is shrinking as companies continue to move production lines overseas. Pimentel’s employer, for example, closed its Peabody plant in 2017 and shifted production to Germany, where labor was less expensive, according to a petition filed for the workers with the US Department of Labor.

Many laid-off factory workers spent decades in lower-level manufacturing jobs and don’t qualify for the vacant positions in today’s market, said Branner Stewart, senior research manager at the Economic and Public Policy Research group at the UMass Donahue Institute.

“The question is, can they continue to have a less than 45-minute commute to their employer?” Stewart said. “Or would they have to move elsewhere to find gainful employment?”

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