“In essence, while a company may be shrinking its payrolls at home while it grows its ranks abroad, it’s not that it’s shifting its operations for cheaper labor. Its leaders are making rational business decisions and attempting to go where economic growth looks promising.” For one, it is cheaper labor, and offshoring is providing people overseas with an opportunity to develop certain business skills and experience, people in the states are missing out on. So they are unable to develop career wise. How can you have economic growth where labor is cheaper? You can’t sell your product there (unless you outsource your operations for a knock-off product). Your only hope of making a profit is to sell it full price here in the states. Let’s say every company decided to offshore and produce their product overseas. There wouldn’t be a market here to sell their product, because no one here would have a job to buy the crap they are selling. Its called exploiting a capitalistic system for a corporation’s own benefit. They are not helping anyone or doing anyone any favors, much less helping the economy. There are a lot of different corporations who started out in America, became successful and later shifted their operations overseas. They are not dependent on that labor nor do they need it. I will let you do your own research on the businesses that started in America without outsourcing. It isn’t a necessity.