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The New 'Good Jobs'

Jobs that pay well but don’t require a bachelor’s degree are what many Americans want—and these days, they’re not found on an assembly line.
Manufacturing jobs are increasingly held by skilled workers with some post-secondary education or training.
Manufacturing jobs are increasingly held by skilled workers with some post-secondary education or training.Jim Young/Reuters

“I’m going to bring jobs back to the United States like no one else can.”

These words, spoken by President-elect Donald Trump during his campaign, were music to the ears of many of the working-class voters outside the nation’s trendy metro economies. These workers and their communities have suffered mightily from the decline of good jobs, especially in manufacturing, that only required a high-school education.