Oh, I also noticed this gloomy article on the AFL-CIO blog:
Corporations Will Ship 2.4 Million High-Tech and Professional Jobs Overseas by 2015 According to the Bureau of National Affairs Daily Labor Report (subscription required):
"Growth in the offshoring of information technology, business office, and other service-providing occupations will cause the loss of an estimated 2.4 million jobs in some 250 U.S. cities between 2004 and 2015, according to a report by the Brookings Institution.The most susceptible areas include Boston, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Dallas, San Francisco, and Seattle because they have higher proportions of residents employed in computer programming, software engineering, accounting, telemarketing and other occupations that are highly susceptible to being offshored.
The offshoring of service jobs, including ones held by college-educated professionals who previously thought their jobs were immune to foreign competition, has “created a new source of job insecurity,” and the movement of work to other countries is expected to grow over the coming decade, especially in information services and “back-office” services, the study said."
Michigan understands all too well the effects of offshoring. It's a race to the bottom none of us wish on anyone.