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April 9th, 2010
12:49 PM ET

The New Face of Blue Collar

Many manufacturing jobs lost in the recession aren't coming back. In their place:  new high tech jobs forcing workers to be more highly skilled than ever.   It's the new wave in manufacturing coming to play more than ever in the recovering economy.   It's the new face of the blue collar worker:  part blue collar, part white collar.  




Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Issue #1 • Tony Harris
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  1. Butch Jordan

    ...And the American worker is still one of the lowest paid workers in the world. They also work longer hours and get less respect. Looks like things are about to get worse ....

    April 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  2. Carrie Ca,

    I'm sick and tired of CNN giving time on TV the Tea Baggers and Sarah Palin disrespecting about our President, enough already this is not news

    April 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  3. Sheldon

    half-blue collar & half white collare you have gotten that right. In the 20th century a highly skilled Blue Collar worker could survive in the workplace even with a college degree. But in the ever advancing,complex,technological world low skills don't even exist at McDonalds anymore and I worked for them in 1981 when I was a college freshman.

    April 9, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  4. John Ganger

    Please have some of your economy experts discuss this jobs scenario:
    As the economy improves and retail sales (Walmart, Target, Macy's, J C Penney, etc.) increase, the retailers will replenish their stock. However, most of the reorders will go to China and other overseas suppliers. As a result the supplier production jobs will be mostly generated outside the U.S. This will cause a slower increase in U.S. production jobs, compared to prior recoveries and a further lagging of U.S. Unemployment Rate. Thus this recovery will intensify our return to lower wage service sector jobs.

    April 9, 2010 at 9:48 pm |
  5. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    Americans are some of the most productive workers in the world but it's still not enough for American corporations, they want more blood. If we took a lesson from the Europeans and quit squeezing the workers for more we would eliminate some of the stress and improve the health of American workers. Then parents would have more time to spend with their children and not owe their soul to the company store.

    April 10, 2010 at 8:17 am |
  6. John Hall

    On "The New Face of Blue Collar"
    The factory you showed just proves that actual blue collar workers are being quickly edged out of the job market. You even said that they had a hard time finding qualified employees. What they are doing still requires a college degree which most people don't have.

    April 12, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  7. Fletcher Phelan

    I am willing to cut out my congressional rep. George Miller, in order to help throw out the Democrats who at this moment are spending billions of borrowed dollars to pay off union workers who remain unemployed because they have no incentive to look for work.

    April 13, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  8. Jim P.

    I am an employee at ADEX from the video and I will say that I hope more companies will take notice of how business is conducted here and see that you don't need to be a slave driver to get work done, all you will do is lose quality. Our company prides itself on quality and the proper time is given to us to make it so. This makes for a better work environment, and a better management-worker relationship. This is the first job that I have had that has renewed my trust and positive outlook on where we are going as a society. Now all we need to do is put more jobs out there and lower unemployment. Too many employers think you owe them and treat you like crap just because most people can not find any other work right now, but there are still good jobs out there. Some times you just need to get lucky enough to find one. And as a side note, I have college hours but no degree, and many of our employees are without degrees, but have very high skill levels and a drive to learn more. That is the difference, many of todays workers don't want to learn or put forth themselves, they just want to do the minimum and collect a check. It is hard to fill positions because there is no need for unmotivated employees in this type of high precision work environment.

    April 13, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  9. David Spenser

    These Tea Party people are idiots who are too stupid to realize that they're being manipulated by the extremists in the Republican Party. This is all in line with the Republican's strategy of blocking anything President Obama does.

    April 15, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  10. Terrie

    I am willing to stop buying cheap China stuff and pay more for American made products.

    Steve make ipads in the USA.

    April 15, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  11. Michael Dash

    The budget clould be cut dramaticaly if there was a gov. sugestion program like in the US Air force. About 1/3 of fed spending could be reduced if their was a small % sugestion savings awarded to the suggestor. Retired civil service employees know where much of these savings can be found because they created some of the excess. The Dept. of Homeland Security is a very big organization with a lot of waste. I can tell you were we could save millions!!!

    Mike Dash (Retired USAF Officer)

    April 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  12. Doug Olson

    J P morgan would be bankrupt if they ever had to come up with the Gold they have sold on paper.They are the standard for the banking system and Government.Did you know only 2% of the stock market investments are actually cash.The rest is borrowed and leveraged investments.The whole system is teetering on a cliff to the abyss

    April 16, 2010 at 1:01 pm |