Nor is the globalization paradigm even accurate when applied to manufacturing. Instead of fleeing to Asia, U.S. manufacturing output is up over recent decades. As Thomas Duesterberg of Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, a research firm, has pointed out, the U.S.’s share of global manufacturing output has actually increased slightly since 1980.
The graph below is based on current UN statistics. As the graph shows, Brooks claim is technically accurate, though also not a little misleading. Yes, the US share of global manufacturing is up slightly from 1980, but 1980 is THE LOWEST US SHARE in the entire dataset. Another way to interpret this, and much more accurate, would be to state that the US share of global manufacturing is near its all time low for the period from 1970 to 2006.