i was talking to someone about how manufacturing jobs were being outsourced to china and how the federal government should be discouraging this because it makes poor economic sense for the citizens of the usa and the guy said something in the lines of "its not as bad as all that. north america is now becoming a post-industrial economy and the loss of manufacturing jobs isn't as big a deal as you might think. we're now getting into a lot of service jobs so its ok". i left it at that because we were tight on time but i still don't understand how this post industrial economy works and why it isn't a negative thing to lose manufacturing jobs in this type of an economy. so whats the deal here?