A single chart everybody needs to look at before Trump's big fight over bringing back American jobs

By Ana Swanson for the Washington Post

Nov 28, 2016

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Quick, answer this: Does America make stuff anymore?

Anyone who listened during the presidential election may be inclined to think not. Both candidates decried the disappearance of good-paying manufacturing jobs. President-elect Donald Trump garnered votes with his promise to restore America’s manufacturing base to its former glory.

But keeping this promise will be difficult, as Mark Muro, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, recently argued. That’s because American workers may be struggling, but American factories are not.

This chart illustrates that stark reality (washingtonpost.com).

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