[FoRK] 687,000 U.S. High-Tech Jobs Lost in a Decade

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Mon Jan 23 04:34:00 PST 2012


687,000 U.S. High-Tech Jobs Lost in a Decade

7:00 AM - January 22, 2012 by Douglas Perry - source: NSF

A new study released by the National Science Board (NSB) of the National
Science Foundation (NSF) raises concerns about the global leadership of the
U.S. in Science and Technology investments. The report also highlights
massive job losses in high-tech.

According to the NSB, the U.S. lost about 687,000 jobs in high-tech since
their peak of about 2.5 million in 2000. The organization stated that there
have been "permanent" losses in an ongoing trend that affects the areas of
aerospace, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications equipment, computer and office
equipment as well as scientific instruments.

The NSB carefully criticized the government's approach of funding science and
research by stating that there is still a $7 billion budget for the NSF, but
the U.S. is quickly dropping in the global view of investment dollars.
Between 1999 and 2009, the U.S. share dropped from 38 percent to 31 percent,
while Asia gained from 24 to 35 percent during the same time. Especially
China is growing fast, the NSB said, and is now the largest science and
technology investor behind the U.S.

"Over the last decade, the world has changed dramatically," said José-Marie
Griffiths, chair of the NSB committee that oversees production of the report.
"It's now a world with very different actors who have made advancement in
science and technology a top priority. And many of the troubling trends we're
seeing are now very well established." The NSF said that it has launched a
number of new initiatives designed to better position the United States "by
enhancing international collaborations, improving education and establishing
new partnerships between NSF-supported researchers and those in industry."

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