Made in America, Again

Photograph by Peter Hapak for TIME

There is a manufacturing renaissance going on in America. That's the good news. The less than stellar news is that it will not necessarily translate into a jobs renaissance. Yes, manufacturing has been going up for the past three years, creating a half-million new jobs. But the reason manufacturing is on the rise has to do with cutting-edge techniques that translate into more machines and fewer workers. Those workers, moreover, need to be better educated and more highly skilled. Those jobs are more desirable and secure than earlier manufacturing work, but there will be much more competition over a smaller number...

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