Manufacturing and the Economic Position of Men without a College Degree

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Manufacturing and the Economic Position of Men without a College Degree

April 13, 2018

Abstract

This brief, the third in a series on manufacturing’s role in the US economy, explores the relationship between the declining share of manufacturing employment and the earnings of men without a four-year college degree. Examining employment for these men by industrial group and occupational cluster, I find that the share of men without four-year college degrees in manufacturing has declined dramatically between 1960 and 2015, and that manufacturing is no longer the leading provider of “good jobs” for men without college degrees.

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