Posted May 1, 2023

Reshoring and FDI up 53%, a new record

Reshoring + FDI (foreign direct investments) job announcements in 2022 were at the highest rate ever recorded, according to The Reshoring Initiative’s 2022 Data Report. The organization said fourth-quarter announcements accelerated even more than anticipated due to the Chips and Infrastructure Acts and deglobalization trends.

Top takeaways from the report include:

• 364,000 reshoring + FDI jobs announced for 2022, up 53% from 2021’s record.
• 2022 brought the total number of job announcements since 2010 to nearly 1.6 million.
• EV batteries make electrical equipment the top industry.
• With the IRA, Chips Act, and Infrastructure Bill, the U.S. government is finally warming up to an industrial policy, though a more comprehensive plan could be achieved at a lower cost.

Supply chain gaps and the need for greater self-sufficiency set the stage for the current upward trend in reshoring. The risks of a Taiwan-China conflict or China voluntarily decoupling are focusing those concerns. Destabilizing geo-political and climate forces have brought to light our vulnerabilities and the need to address them. The White House responded with the Inflation Reduction Act, Chips Act and Infrastructure Bill, offering some direction and financial security to the companies and industries intent on filling the gaps.

These government actions are necessary in the short run but are not sufficient since they do not improve the U.S.’ uncompetitive cost structure,  according to the Reshoring Initiative. It stated that a true industrial policy would level the cost playing field via comprehensive actions such as massive skilled workforce investments, a 25% lower USD and retention of immediate expensing of capital investments.

“The current actions and momentum are a great start. A true industrial policy would accelerate the trend and increase U.S. manufacturing by 40%, 5 million jobs. Reshoring will reduce the trade and budget deficits and make the U.S. safer, more self-reliant and resilient,” said Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative.