We have been moving to wards a service related workforce for a long time.
Part of the reason a lot of things are made over seas is UNIONS. Unions are killing the big 3. To many people want way to much money for screwing in bolts and pounding nails. I mean really do you need to make $30 an hour to put tires on a chevy truck? When they have a tool that bolts all the lugs on at one time and they have a machine that lifts the tire up to the truck.
We will always need some unskilled labor jobs. Janitors are always going to be needed, construction workers are always going to be needed. Today though there are places and countries that will build buildings in a factory then ship them to the site then bolt them together and plug in wires and hook up plumbing. I just seen a show on tv where a guy is going to build a factory in the middle of a subdivision build the houses there then load them on to a special flat bed truck and drive them no more than a mile to the home site. Once the subdivision is done they will tear down the factory and load it up on trucks and move it to the next one. He cut his labor cost by something like 75% all the workers are happier and seeing as your building in the factory you can work on on days that would shut down stick built home sites. Take the recent storm back here in VA MD DC. That guy could be building homes during the storm as long as workers could get to work. Where as many stick build sites are still shut down and will be shut down till the snow melts.
We are SENDING jobs like making clothing, and and other goods to other countries so we can focus on the service side of the business.
I am sorry to believe the USA and make a go of in the world today with out being active in other countries weather it is selling or buying is just stupid. The world is shrinking and you can see it every day. I can email people in Japan in a matter of seconds. I can work from home and video conference with people in CA, DC, Germany, Iraq and Japan all at the same time. your using this right now we are all from different areas and would never be able to talk unless someone provides us with the Internet hence the name ISP Internet SERVICE Provider.