3.19.2004

Outsourcing trend of white collar jobs arriving in Iowa Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (3/19)
"After being pummeled by manufacturing job losses since 2000, another unsavory economic trend may be on its way to Iowa: the outsourcing of white collar jobs.

That's the prediction from labor analysts and industries who are paying increasing attention to the potential of sending data-entry jobs in the insurance and other sectors abroad to take advantage of cheaper labor.

The trend that has been largely confined to the East and West coasts "is starting to happen here and employers are just starting to think about it," said Ann Wagner, a labor analyst with Iowa Workforce Development in Des Moines."

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