U.S. engineering jobs are being lost to China, not India, writes one reader, who cites an email from a previous employer.
China, not India
This paragraph is copied from a reply by a previous employer (1099 contract) when I asked him if he had any part time work for me:
"Unfortunately, no, we don't have any work. I know this is going to hurt, but in order to remain competitive enough to keep the staff that I have here employed, I'm having to buy most of my labor, including some engineering and software development, in China. It's just the only way to compete and stay in business these days. It's a steep learning curve, learning to get the product that we want from China, but we have now tackled part of that learning curve, and we are beginning to succeed at it. The Chinese are quite capable. It is clearly a case of not being able to beat them, so we have to join them. Frustrating."
I have a faint recollection of a federal program for businesses impacted by Chinese imports. I wonder if that included exporting jobs.