Where are the jobs?

Where are the jobs?
Date October 12, 2004
Section(s) Opinion
To the Editor:

After more than seven years of work for Maytag in Newton, I was laid off by one of “America’s Most Admired Companies” because they outsourced my job to Mexico. Maytag felt that they could be more profitable if they shipped 190 jobs down to Mexico on Sept. 24 I guess that $4.7 billion in business isn’t profitable enough; they felt the need to lay off over 1,000 people between Jan. 7, 2002, and Sept. 24, 2004, (iowaworkforce.org.)

I hear President Bush talking about how we are “turning the corner” on our economy. My wife and three children are skeptical since Iowa has seen over 27,000 manufacturing jobs lost since Bush took office in 2001. Bush touts his economic record and claims to be “making progress.” My family and I wonder when that turn will hit Newton because the mission has not been accomplished by this administration on job recovery.

Doug Bishop



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