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The Earnings of New Hires in Manufacturing

Manufacturing jobs, including new manufacturing jobs, continue to deserve their reputation as good jobs. We use a relatively new data source, the Quarterly Workforce Indicators (QWI), to analyze the earnings of new hires relative to incumbent workers in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing.  We find that new hires in the manufacturing sector earn more than new hires in other industries and have done particularly well since the recession began. 


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