What it means for outsourcing jobs to come back
By MALCOLM BERLINMANDEL/APIn the first few months of 2016, outsourcing jobs fell by half, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That figure came from a report that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statistics released last month.
The BLS report found that jobs lost to automation over the past year included the manufacturing of clothing and footwear, construction, food processing, personal care and laundry services, accounting and consulting services, and transportation services.
In the past six months, automation in the manufacturing sector has also decreased, dropping by 14.2% and 6.3% respectively, the report said.
Automation is one of the most visible aspects of a sweeping economic shift away from manufacturing, which has caused job losses in the past few years.
Automated machinery and equipment are replacing people and machines, driving up prices and creating new competition in industries, such as the construction industry.
The economic and political shift toward automation has been driven by the rise of the internet and the advent of mobile devices.
But many companies, including companies that have traditionally relied on humans to do work, are starting to move away from that approach.
For example, Apple has announced plans to create a new manufacturing facility that will employ 1,000 people.
Amazon, meanwhile, is working on an automated production line at its fulfillment center in the eastern U.K.