CONOVER: Manufacturing still drives Indiana's economy

It’s no secret that Indiana’s factory workers took more lumps during the Great Recession than workers in other sectors, with nearly 120,000 losing their jobs. Indeed, from the state’s manufacturing employment peak at the start of the century, our factories had shed a quarter million jobs by the recession’s end.
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CONOVER: How to get our manufacturing jobs back

At the current rate, it’ll be eight more years before manufacturing employment is back to where it was in 2007.
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Hard-hit manufacturing has great potential

Indiana still ranks near the top in factories' share of total jobs and in share of states' economic output generated by manufacturing. But it has been hard-pressed by the economy's major restructuring, and it won't look the same when the dust settles.
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