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Perspective: Here's the truth about American manufacturing

By Michael Hicks, Ball State University, for the Indianapolis Star

Mar 11, 2016

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American manufacturing has never been stronger, yet the airwaves are cluttered with snake oil purveyors who tell us otherwise. They rely on widespread fear and anger, with which I understand. But, these demagogues also prey on our ignorance, for which there is no excuse.

The readily knowable fact is that for the past half century American manufacturing production has been booming, while manufacturing employment has been in decline. The reason for this is that Americans businesses are very good at manufacturing, thus able to produce more with far fewer workers. It is really that simple.

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