There has been a lot of press lately about the continuted strength of manufacturing in America. The fairly steady long-term decline in employment in the area does not thel the whole picture. Consider how few people are employed in agriculture in the U.S. today compared to 100 years ago–but output is still enormous and remains a critical strength in the U.S. economy.
Anyway, a couple links for those of us who care about manufacturing:
1. A great video by FCC Furniture showing first-class manufacturing in Douglas County in 2011.
2. A recent study explaining why the off-shoring trend in manufacturing has begun to reverse.
3. Joel Kotkin (one of my favorite journalists) has two recent articles: one targetting some of the U.S. regions that have seen particular strength and another arguing the key challenge going forward is workforce.