Imperium Watch: Let's Get Back to Making Things
We let our manufacturing sector dry up at our peril.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
By Stephanie Kraft
Most of what Americans owned used to be made here. From shoes and clothes to cars and washing machines, what we used daily was American-made, and the new hair dryers, bicycles, bedroom sets, televisions or air conditioners families bought not only brought them enjoyment but kept their neighbors at work making the items, warehousing them, transporting them, retailing them, repairing them.
In 1953, manufacturing accounted for 28.3 percent of our gross domestic product. By 1960 the figure had fallen a little, to about 25 percent; manufacturing then provided jobs to 26 percent of the workforce.
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