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Each day in the 100 days leading up to Election Day, our website and Face the Facts USA will be partnering to bring you one exhaustively researched and vetted, non-partisan fact about a major issue facing our nation.
Fact #19: Factories bounce back, hiring hangs back
US manufacturing output has risen significantly since it hit rock bottom in 2009, with a 20 percent growth over the past three years.
But manufacturing jobs have not kept pace – only 4 percent more jobs were added over the same time period.
Although production is up, just 11.8 million people were employed in manufacturing in 2011 – down from 15.6 million a decade earlier.