U.S. bleeding manufacturing jobs

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The latest job figures show a continued decline in the manufacturing sector, the Department of Commerce said.

During the last two months of 2007, the nation lost 44,000 jobs – and 212,000 jobs for the year – dropping the last year’s number of such jobs to less than14 million for the first time since 1950.

Trade organizations are calling on Congress to pass laws that keep more jobs in the manufacturing sector in the United States.

“Manufacturing jobs contribute more to the economy than service sector jobs,” said Scott Paul, director of the alliance for American Manufacturing. “Congress and the administration must take clear action to strengthen American manufacturing and enforce existing U.S. trade laws.”