A report by the NCSL Foundation Partnership on Jobs and Innovation
Manufacturing has long been considered the backbone of the United States economy. Throughouth the 20th century, manufacturing contributed to a strong American middle class by creating relatively high-paying jobs. Manufacturing employment has steadily decreased since its peak in the late 1970s, however, going from 22 percent of non-farm employment down to 9 percent in 2012, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor.
Now, manufacturing employment in the United States is making a slow recovery. Download NCSL's full report to learn more about the rise and fall of manufacturing in the United States, and how state policymakers can encourage the rebuilding of America's manufacturing sector.
The State Role in Rebuilding the Manufacturing Sector | Download the Full Report
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