Vermont’s manufacturing sector is as important, and large, in this state as it is nationally,  It’s not true that Vermont’s manufacturing sector is smaller than in most states nor is it true that manufacturing is shrinking, at least in terms of output.  That the number of workers it takes to produce that larger amount of output is falling is primarily due to productivity, not to firms shipping their production offshore.  Rising productivity in manufacturing or anywhere else in the economy is a sign of health, not of decline.

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