Changing Workforce

More manufacturing jobs came back to the U.S. than left last year

By Recode.net

May 26, 2017

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In the long run, many academics and entrepreneurs think that automation and robotics are going to replace a significant percentage, if not the overwhelming majority, of manufacturing jobs. That’s certainly a possibility. But for now, even as companies add more robots to North American factory floors, the number of human jobs in manufacturing is also on the rise.

In April, 12.4 million Americans worked in manufacturing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s up by about 25,000 jobs from a year prior.

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