US Manufacturing used to be 28% of the US economy, and now its about 12% and dropping. Manuacturing creates wealth, the "service economy" is a hoax created by Wall Street to justify moving jobs overseas. I also blame unions in addition to Wall Street for killing industries like the automotive industry. Its a tough problem, but if we're ever going to get the unemploymemnt rate down, the unwashed masses need jobs, and I don't think that picking produce will pay the bills. Manufacturing continues to shrink as a percentage of U.S. economic activity. | North America > United States from AllBusiness.com So the poll question is "can US manufacturing survive & how?"