Perspective: Manufacturing jobs returning to the U.S., but we're not ready

By Froma Harrop in the Everett (WA) Herald

Jul 08, 2016

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Reports of NASA’s Juno spacecraft’s entering the orbit around Jupiter lit a sparkler in this American heart — on the Fourth of July, no less. It showed that Americans still have what it takes.

To keep spirits orbiting, let’s note another recent American feat that few could have imagined a couple of years ago. The United States is now gaining, not losing, factory jobs. This glad trend has some sobering asterisks attached, but there’s no denying this:

There are now nearly a million more factory jobs in this country than there were in 2010. Many of them are coming — surprise, surprise — from China. China, meanwhile, has lost about 6% of its factory positions from four years ago.

Why do Americans seem to know more about Jupiter’s 67 moons than about the turnaround in factory employment?

Read the full commentary on heraldnet.com.

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