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Americans, especially those who currently benefit from globalization: the private sector of the United States is gradually transforming into what is predominantly a service economy, taking away the incredible economic benefit that comes with a powerful manufacturing sector. Service economies have limited economic impact because they either take what is made elsewhere and sell it or they use humanity to appease humanity. Therefore, the value-added effect is relatively slim because there is minimal investment of resources, technology, and personnel to "create" what is produced or offered.

Mathematically stated, the service sector generates an additional 71 cents of economic activity for every one dollar in sales. By comparison, for every dollar of manufactured goods sold to a consumer, another $1.43 is created in sectors outside of manufacturing.

Unlike a service economy, a manufacturing economy creates true wealth for a nation. This is because manufacturing creates or empowers a multitude of support functions. It needs people and equipment to extract resources and create and or commodities used in the manufacturing process. It needs the transportation sector and its people to get goods from point A to point B. And, it needs the service sector to market and sell its products.

The fact that manufacturing is over twice as financially important as servicing is only part of the story. The human factor — employment — is the other part of the equation. On average, those employed in the manufacturing sector receive wages and benefits that are 17 percent higher than the compensation packages found in all other sectors combined. And, these well-compensated jobs — in a fashion similar to the economic driver — create employment in other sectors.

According to federal statistics, just a handful of years ago manufacturing employed 15 million Americans and required another 8 million workers in other sectors as a means of support. That number has decreased since then, a result of two government-induced catalysts; the recession and outsourcing, combined, have stripped our country of 2.5 million manufacturing jobs since the recession began.

How do we fix it?.. . It requires a veritable grassroots effort by each and every one of us as consumers to act in a patriotic fashion and use our role in the free market to our nation’s advantage. (Check the Label, Buy American). 

Such label shopping would not be in vain, for goods are still manufactured in the United States and, believe it or not, at growing levels in some sectors. A quick search at a website directory like www.madeinusa.com will show countless thousands of American manufacturers and their products and manufacturing services. While we may be losing in what could be considered manufactured "commodities," the United States still produces durable goods, vehicles, and more, all ripe for our purchase. Buying American-made products does not make one a bad shopper either, for, despite global market trends, many American products remain very competitive in pricing and all are vastly superior in the quality of engineering, usability, and durability. We as nation of consumers need to buy smartly. We need to buy American. Doing so not only satisfies our buying urge but it also help to keep real, honest-to-goodness Americans (our friends, families, and neighbors) employed and our economy strong.

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