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June 11, 2004

The Labor Department released a new survey Thursday suggesting that jobs are trickling - not gushing - overseas due to outsourcing. Coming atop the spate of good news about U.S. job creation over the last few months, the report may help reduce some of the anxiety over the nation's labor situation.

According to the survey:

  • Only 4,633 jobs were moved overseas in the first three months of this year.
  • The number represents less than 2 percent of the total 239,361 layoffs for the quarter, the report said.
  • The industrial Midwest and South bore the brunt of the jobs lost overseas, particularly in manufacturing, the survey found.

The report also found:

  • An overwhelming majority of workers who lost their jobs from January through March lost them for reasons other than job relocations either in the United States and abroad, which accounted for just 7 percent of the overall tally.
  • Of the 16,021 workers who lost their jobs because of relocations, the jobs of 62 percent were transferred to locations within the United States.

The small number of jobs lost through layoffs likely will be used to bolster the argument that the overall loss of U.S. jobs to foreign countries isn't a threat to the economy say observers. That argument has gained strength with the addition of almost one million new U.S. jobs since the first of the year.

Source: Michael Schroeder, "U.S. Survey Finds Few Jobs Moving to Offshore Homes," Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2004; and Michael Oneal, "Jobs lost overseas prove tough to count, U.S. finds," Chicago Tribune, June 11, 2004.

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