INDUSTRY: Yankee Renaissance

No area of the U.S. has been plagued with more economic ills than New England. In 30 years, while the nation's total of manufacturing jobs jumped 46%, New England's dropped 6%. After World War II, New England's aches & pains intensified as its textile mills, long the backbone of the area, continued moving South to cash in on lower costs and cheaper labor. But last week there were signs of an industrial rebirth. Biggest reason for the change: development of new industries based on research.

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