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Yet More Scary Graphs of Manufacturing: Midwest Edition

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In every single state in the Great Lakes region, save Michigan, manufacturing employment has either peaked or (charitably) gone on a growth hiatus. Figure 1: Manufacturing employment by state, in logs, 2019M01=0. Source: BLS, and author’s calculations. While national manufacturing is still rising (albeit very slowly, essentially flat), it remains less than 0.1% above January levels. And manufacturing employment continues to grow in California (interestingly, a state — California —  by the metrics of the Arthur Laffer-Stephen Moore-John Williams – ALEC economic outlook ranking should be doing very badly is still growing). Figure 2: Manufacturing employment by state, in logs, 2019M01=0. Source: BLS, and author’s calculations.

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In every single state in the Great Lakes region, save Michigan, manufacturing employment has either peaked or (charitably) gone on a growth hiatus.

Yet More Scary Graphs of Manufacturing: Midwest Edition

Figure 1: Manufacturing employment by state, in logs, 2019M01=0. Source: BLS, and author’s calculations.

While national manufacturing is still rising (albeit very slowly, essentially flat), it remains less than 0.1% above January levels. And manufacturing employment continues to grow in California (interestingly, a state — California —  by the metrics of the Arthur Laffer-Stephen Moore-John Williams – ALEC economic outlook ranking should be doing very badly is still growing).

Yet More Scary Graphs of Manufacturing: Midwest Edition

Figure 2: Manufacturing employment by state, in logs, 2019M01=0. Source: BLS, and author’s calculations.

Menzie Chinn
He is Professor of Public Affairs and Economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison

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