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About Those Low-Paying Manufacturing Jobs … They're Not Coming Back

Anyone who believes that a pronounced uptick in this country's manufacturing output will immediately translate into a full-scale spike in job growth just doesn't understand the fundamentals of manufacturing.

U.S. manufacturing these days is in the midst of a remarkable three-year recovery because for three years running manufacturing has not been about job growth. It's been about automation. It's been about process improvement. It's been about productivity. And it's been about quality. In fact, it's been about reinventing the very process by which durable and disposable goods get manufactured. But it hasn't been about low-paying jobs. They ain't coming back.

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Anyone who believes that a pronounced uptick in this country's manufacturing output will immediately translate into a full-scale spike in job growth just doesn't understand the fundamentals of manufacturing.

U.S. manufacturing these days is in the midst of a remarkable three-year recovery because for three years running manufacturing has not been about job growth. It's been about automation. It's been about process improvement. It's been about productivity. And it's been about quality. In fact, it's been about reinventing the very process by which durable and disposable goods get manufactured. But it hasn't been about low-paying jobs. They ain't coming back.

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