America's Beaten-Down Factory Worker Is Getting Squeezed Again

  • Factory employment fell by 27,000 in August and September
  • Industrial slump dims hopes for a manufacturing renaissance

Factory employment fell by 27,000 in August and September, the worst back-to-back months since late 2009.

Photographer: Shiho Fukada/Bloomberg

The great recovery in U.S. manufacturing jobs -- a surprising five-year surge that blossomed in the aftermath of the financial crisis and added almost 900,000 people to payrolls across the country -- appears to be dead. Or at the very least, on hold.

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