This article worries about the decline of manufacturing jobs in US and the shift to services. Indeed, it seems like the manufacturing is the real meat of the economy, while services are just the creaming on top.

But you forgot one important detail – this year (2005) the overall manufacturing output is approximately at the all-time high number, despite fewer jobs. Robots, computers, logistics and other factors are improving productivity and let make more goods with less people.

You certainly are not a luddite to suggest to destroy machines and do more by hands? Good. Moreover, manufacturing is burning natural resources and reducing the time left for us on the earth. But services are usually improving the life without destroying the nature. I feel better that way.