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  •  The population of the US increased (1+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA

    from 203 million in 1970 to over 300 million in 2010. As a proportion of the population and on a per capita basis, total manufacturing jobs in the US have been in decline since 1969.

    What is perhaps equally interesting is that inflation adjusted incomes, both before and after taxes, of manufacturing workers, i. e. the ones who were able to keep their manufacturing jobs and who were not thrown out, into the "service" sector, where the situation is substantially worse, declined significantly, as has recently been well documented.

    Apples does not manufacure in China because of currency manipulation. The reason Apple, and hordes of other Western giants manufactures in China, is the widespread acceptance there, and here, of slave labor, there.

    This diary is just silly.

    H'mm. I'm not terribly into this, anymore.

    by Knarfc on Sun Apr 15, 2012 at 08:29:17 PM PDT

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      I made 11.13/hour at Sperry-Univac as an assembler back in 84.  Today the starting wage for assemblers at the worlds largest med-device mfg HQ'd in Mpls  is 11.81/hour.  I'd say we've lost a LOT of ground

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