How does this chart look to you? (AKA: Treading water in the manufacturing sector).
The Alliance for American Manufacturing's (AAM) Sam Morgante put together the above chart based on this morning's latest monthly U.S. jobs figures. It shows the history of U.S. manufacturing employment from January 2000 to the present.
What's the overall trend over the past decade? Downward, unfortunately.
But hey, isn't there a slight uptick in recent months? Yep, and if you magnify it, here's what you find:
July 2011 11,758,000
August 2011 11,757,000
September 2011 11,754,000
October 2011 11759,000
Looks like we're kind of treading water, huh?
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