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Brookings: Manufacturing isn’t dead but it needs help

Manufacturing has suffered severe job losses since 2000, but it remains critical to the economy of some states, including Tennessee, according to a think tank report released today.

The report calls on states to rethink their economic development policies and to invest in “advanced manufacturing centers” that would provide research and education services for manufacturers.

“America’s manufacturing sector must be reinvigorated in order to build a healthy economy, and the nation’s states and metropolitan areas are strongly positioned to be the vanguard for this effort,” according to a report from the Brookings Institution.

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