MIT Political Science Distinguished Speaker Series
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American made? Forum examines the role of manufacturing in rebuilding the economy

In 1950, more than 30 percent of Americans were employed in manufacturing, working at jobs such as welding, machining and assembly. Today, that number has shrunk significantly: Manufacturing jobs make up less than 10 percent of the U.S. workforce. As the country seeks to reinvigorate its job market and move past an economic recession, the state of U.S. manufacturing has become a hotly debated topic.

To examine manufacturing's role in economic recovery, students, faculty and representatives of MIT's corporate partners gathered Thursday afternoon in MIT's Wong Auditorium for a forum on "Rebuilding the American Economy." The event was sponsored by the Department of Political Science and by Production in the Innovation Economy (PIE), a new MIT initiative that seeks to analyze the relationship between innovation, production and job creation. Throughout the forum, participants sought answers to a pervasive question: Can the United States keep its innovative edge if it loses its production capabilities?

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by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office

Photos by Donna Coveney

Bloom Speech

Ron Bloom, former Senior Counselor to the President, discusses issues and challenges involved in rebuilding the American economy.

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