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Working America released an awesome program that maps jobs being offshored to other countries, among other things.

Some of the data they use are the records for the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. These are petitions requesting money for retraining when somoene's job is sent to another country.

The petitions for assistance are available here.

One case was pretty fucked up. It looks like Farmers Insurance hired Computer Sciences Corp to do some maintenance work on existing software. The jobs were then sent elsewhere. The affected people filed for TAA. Their request was denied because the law applies to "things" being made, but the insurance company doesn't make "things".

What's doubly messed up is that Farmers hired CSC instead of in-house programmers. This was an existing or legacy program, so that should be maintained by in-house staff.