Regarding jobs: Who is fooling whom?

By Perly Viasmensky
Here are President Trump’s remarks during his news conference on Jan. 4, 2019: “I imagine you’ve all seen the incredible job growth — 312,000 jobs — which took everybody by surprise. … This is a great number. I think it has a lot to do with the factories and with the companies that are moving back into the United States, who have left, and now they’re coming back to us instead of being in other countries.”
That 312,000 jobs number sounds like a good number, but I am afraid the President was referring to factories only, because one year later the rest of the companies in the United States are still sending their manpower to other countries, especially to the Philippines.
Don’t take me wrong, I am not trying to criticize our president. I have my own motto: “With Trump, or without Trump, but never against Trump.”
Honestly, one year later I am not seeing the great economy. Apple is doing very well and even Mike Lindell with My Pillow from his own town in Minnesota is helping plenty.
It is understandable that everyone in business wants to make money. And they especially want to save money by sending their labor to other countries; the savings are considerable due to the fact that, for example, the average monthly salary in the Philippines is 6,843 pesos, which equals approximately $130.59 in US dollars.
Still, the unemployment line in this country is long and many other people are being laid off on a daily basis, but if you need to call some of the major companies in this country, you have to call their call centers in places like the Philippines, Mexico, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and other places.
Some months ago, those companies transferred their telephone lines to their centers in foreign countries after 6:00 in the evening but now it is common practice that at any given hour of the day their telephone lines are answered someplace away from the United States.
Try calling Direct  TV, AT&T, T-Mobile, Trans-Union or any other of the major credit bureaus and all their lines are answered in the Philippines.
It makes one wonder why those people want to come to the United States when they are working in their own country for major American companies.
Everybody is blaming Mexicans for coming to this country and stealing jobs from the American people, but in reality, that is not completely true. It is those companies we daily patronize that are stealing our jobs by sending the manpower outside the United States. It is
understandable that all those companies want to save big money at any cost, considering that with the hourly rate they must pay here, the same salary in any of those countries is paid monthly.
Retailers plan to close at least 1,700 stores in 2020, among them Sears, Kmart, Pier 1 Imports, and Walgreens.
In early 2019 Macy’s closed eight stores in Wyoming; Redmond, Washington; Sunnyvale, California; Los Angeles, California; Indianapolis, Indiana, and Massachusetts. JC Penney also closed some of its stores.
Bed, Bath & Beyond will close up to 60 stores this year. Payless Shoe Source went bankrupt last year and closed all of its 2,500 stores.
Has President Trump been misinformed by people under him? He cannot claim that jobs are coming back to our country when in reality they are sending out more and more each day; big companies are closing their doors, and more people are standing on the unemployment line.
My question is: who is fooling whom?
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas

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