Long before it became an NBC sitcom, "outsourced" was a buzzword in business and a dirty word in rustbelt households and former call center capitals.
For the past few decades, American jobs in industries ranging from auto manufacturing to customer service were boxed, marked “fragile” and shipped to China and India not necessarily because they could be done better, but because they could be done cheaper.
Emerging reports claim that this trend isn't just slowing - it's reversing.
According to a recent CNN.com article, the trend is taking hold at a water heater production facility in Louisville and a new customer support call center in Maine. Dozens of other communities are also ripe for jobs that have been stamped "return to sender."
The reason for the reverse of outsourcing? Labor costs. As China pays its workforce more and more to do the same job - costs that are up nearly 20 percent – American industry is cutting labor costs by recycling abandoned facilities and taking advantage of a wage scale that hasn't been overly inflated in recent years due to the recession. Additionally, quality is a growing concern, with some Indian call centers turning over 100 percent or more of its workforce annually.
Who knows, if these trends continue "Made in the U.S.A." may once again become a rallying cry for America shoppers and workers alike.