We have been hearing a great deal about how manufacturing is leading the nation back from the recession and Indiana is out ahead of the nation in that recovery. Do the numbers verify the story? By-and-large, yes.
First let’s look at the nation.
In August 2007, the U.S. had 137.5 million jobs with wages and salaries. That number excludes all proprietors (farm and nonfarm) as well as other farm workers. (Note: These are jobs, not employed people, since one person may hold more than one job.)