U.S. Manufacturing Sector Creates More Jobs

U.S. manufacturers finally are creating more jobs than they're losing. Manufacturing added 136,000 new jobs last year — the first increase in more than a decade, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

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INSKEEP: American manufacturers are finally creating more jobs than they're cutting. According to The Wall Street Journal, manufacturing added 136,000 new jobs last year thats the first increase in more than a decade.

The new jobs are at automakers. Can I just pause and say that again? The new jobs are at automakers and companies like Whirlpool, which makes appliances and Caterpillar, the maker of heavy machinery. These firms are upgrading plants, taking advantage of government incentives and producing more here in the United States.

However, the job gains follow a decade in which manufacturing in this country lost millions of jobs.

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