Manufacturing state by state, 1971-2011 | What Went Wrong: The Betrayal of The American Dream. This is a great interactive map that shows state by state the adding or losing of jobs by year. Just slide the slide bar to change the year.
The major take home points of the interactive map: From 1970 to 1980, the number of American manufacturing jobs fluctuated from 18 to 21 million jobs depending on economic times (decreased in times of recession, increased in times of growth.) In 1980, outsourcing, under President Reagan, started in earnest, there was a continued decrease, from 20.3 to 16.8 million, in manufacturing jobs. The number of manufacturing jobs stabilized from 1992 to 2000. Then, there was a sharp decrease in manufacturing jobs, (even in times when there wasn’t a recession,) going from 17.4 million in 2000 to 11.5 million ending 2010 (at the end of the recession). Since that time there has been a slight increasing in manufacturing which we hope will continue to increase. We have neglected American manufacturing and buying products made in the USA for the past 30 years, it is time that we no longer stand idly by and watch our country’s economy go down the drain due to short-sighted politics.