Automation, the hitch in Trump and Clinton’s plans to bring back manufacturing?

Automation, the hitch in Trump and Clinton's plans to bring back manufacturing?

American manufacturing jobs are unlikely to be as numerous as in the 1970s because automation has replaced the need for many workers. Here, Rick Ring (left) and Corinne Schmitt-Bries attach a panel at John Deere Dubuque Works in Dubuque, Iowa, last year. (Jessica Reilly/Telegraph Herald via AP) In the 1960s, Lehigh Valley high school graduates had a lot of options.

Manufacturers such as Air Products, Ingersoll Rand and Bethlehem Steel offered well-paying jobs that promised a route to the middle class.

"You would expect to go get a job, get married, have kids, get a pension one day and everyone would […]

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