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Every manufacturing job creates an average of 5-8 additional “support” jobs, such as truck drivers, accountants, and clerical staff, so the loss of America’s manufacturing base is one of the major reasons behind our high unemployment rate.

 

Buying American also reduces America’s enormous trade deficit and helps keep American money in the American economy, instead of in the pockets of multinational corporations.

 

Finally, buying Americans supports a more just and sustainable world. Many of the countries that American manufacturing jobs have been outsourced to offer cheaper labor, lax environmental regulations, poor worker safety standards, little or no minimum wage, and weak product safety standards. By buying American, you support companies that continue to offer their workers a fair wage and safe working conditions, use environmentally responsible manufacturing processes, and maintain high standards of product safety.

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