The slow-down in US manufacturing, part of a world-wide trend, doesn’t indicate a collapse, but “definitely flat-lining.” Index of activity at manufacturers did creep to 51.5 recently, but the average for 2011 was 55.2; “Sales have tanked”; factories added about 5,000 jobs each month this summer, compared to 19,000/month in 2011; manufacturing jobs have decreased from 17 million in 2000 to less than 12 million now.