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June 1986

Deindustrialization and the shift to services

Ronald E. Kutscher, Valerie A. Personick

Does the employment shift to services imply that the U.S. is losing its industrial base? Data show the industrial sector as a whole in healthy shape, but a few manufacturing industries in deep trouble. These are some of the questions we examine in this article by reviewing data on both employment and production for manufacturing and other major sectors, first as a whole, and then for detailed industries.

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