Facing Job Exodus, San Diego IT Execs Launch Council on Globalization and Competitiveness
IT executives from some of San Diego’s better-known employers, including Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Sony Electronics, and Broadcom are banding together to find new ways to retain local IT jobs and to counter the effects of foreign outsourcing.
The formation of a new regional business group, the San Diego-based Industry Council for Competitiveness and Globalization (ICCG), comes as the Washington D.C.-based Alliance for American Manufacturing released a study that claims the U.S. lost 2.4 million jobs to China from 2001 to 2008.
The Alliance, an advocacy and lobbying organization formed in 2007 by the U.S. steel industry and its labor union, says California accounts for almost 370,000 of the job losses—including high-tech and IT jobs in data processing, computer programming, and technical support. The alliance contends that the 370,000 lost jobs represents about 2.2 percent of California’s workforce. On its website, the alliance says Massachusetts lost 72,800 jobs (or 2.2 percent of its statewide workforce) and the state of Washington lost 44,000 jobs (or 1.4 percent of its workforce) over the same period.
Alliance spokesman David Roscow tells me the group issued the report as part of its continuing effort to focus the attention of U.S. policymakers on China’s trade subsidies, currency policies, and other practices that have adverse effects on the U.S. economy, and amount to “cheating,” according to the Alliance.
The formation of the new business group in San Diego also comes as many local technology and life sciences companies—especially the biotech startups—are turning to … Next Page »