The Wall Street Journal today carries an opinion piece by Stephen J. Rose (subscription required), a labor economist with the Progressive Policy Institute, titled “The Myth of Middle-Class Job Loss.” Rose disputes the belief that globalization and trade have caused significant middle-class job losses in the U.S. Instead, he notes, higher-paying jobs have been increasing over the past three decades and indeed have increased since the passage of NAFTA — often cited as a major factor in job losses. In particular, Rose says, well-paying jobs for women have grown most notably and for men with more than a high-school education. The category that has experienced higher-pay job losses are men with less education who formerly may have been employed in the manufacturing sector.