Last week the federal government released a report saying exports grew for the third straight month. Despite the fact that new orders in November declined slightly, year over year new orders increased 12.3 percent from 2009 to 2010. Sure, the growth is coming off of some unprecedented lows, but the growth is significant all the same. Overall, manufacturing has been growing three times faster than the rest of the economy.
What a difference a financial crisis makes. Manufacturing is cool again.