Manufacturing is making a comeback in these 28 U.S. cities

The U.S. manufacturing sector is a shadow of its former self. Cheap foreign labor and increased automation — in addition to several recessions — have chipped away at demand for American manufacturing workers for decades. Ultimately, the total number of Americans employed in the sector bottomed out at 11.5 million in February 2010, a 41 percent decline from the peak of 19.6 million in 1979.

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