Manufacturing employment in the state of Michigan has attained its highest level in 10 years, according to just-released figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were 611,300 Michigan workers employed in the manufacturing sector in August, the most for any month since June 2007, when 612,300 were involved in making things here.

The figures include everyone from workers at a Battle Creek cereal packaging plant to those making auto parts at a Flint plant. The rebound is still short of Michigan manufacturing’s 21st-century high-water mark, which was 901,000 people in June 2000.

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