Facing Job Exodus, San Diego IT Execs Launch Council on Globalization and Competitiveness

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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 »

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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  • http://www.productfrom.com Kazik

    Factory relocation, job loss and know-how transfer is a global problem. All over the world factories are moved to “low-cost” countries. There is a site – http://www.productfrom.com – where you can check country of origin of different products (electronics, computers, audio, TV, other). If you compare 10 items – more than 5 of them are made in China, and other 3 of them are manufactured in China’s neighbourhood.

  • Pauli207

    Amazing that more groups like this have not been started across the US.

  • db

    the drive to lower prices by sending jobs overseas comes full circle by having no customers with money to spend in the USA even though prices are low. Capitalism at its finest.

  • Jimmy

    So whose faults are all these? Whenever or whatever job lose, unemployement gone up are the problems all caused by Chinese? Squre head thinking. I think US government should pass a bill to ban or pulishe any company which is dare to go to China or elsewhere where the laboure cost is lower than that of America. Is this possible or dose this make the author happier?

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