Oct 12, 2016
American manufacturing ain’t what it used to be.
It’s something that many people lament, but few understand. Nearly 40 years ago there were almost 20 million manufacturing jobs in the United States. In 2015, according to the U.S. Labor Department, there were only a little over 12 million.
Traditional Midwest industrial states, like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan, have especially been hit hard: Each has lost over 200,000 manufacturing jobs since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was implemented in 1994.
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