I get uptight about the US manufacturing sector when I go to Toys-r-us or Walmart like everyone else. However, US manufacturing is dying it transforming! Did it take a hit during the Great Recession? Absolutely, but so did everything else, INCLUDING the manufacturing sector in 3rd world countries! This is not to say there aren't problems. Our trade deficits are way to hard, we need to start manufacturing in many of the sectors we lost and we need to make manufacturing in the US attractive again. But its well premature to say the American manufacturing sector is dead or dying! See below.