Manufacturing in the United States has steadily dropped off since the 1960s, when about 30 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was from manufacturing. Likewise, the manufacturing sector has lost more than 5.5 million employees since 2000, a loss of more than 30 percent. Economists say that the U.S. is not falling so far behind in the manufacture of older items such as television sets and household appliances but rather in the manufacture of newer goods such as cell phones and circuit boards. Some traditional goods, such as tile, have been almost entirely outsourced as well.
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