Rick Santorum Is Running for President

"In the late '70s, like many of you, we saw the economic devastation here in southwestern Pennsylvania [and] across this country, particularly in the area of manufacturing, as a result of the excesses and indifference of big labor, big government, and—yes—big business. Here in southwestern Pennsylvania, the epicenter, we lost over 100,000 jobs in what seemed to be overnight. This has to and did leave a mark on all of us."

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in Cabot, Pennsylvania
Sources: C-Span, What the Folly

The Context: Santorum describes growing up in a working-class setting where the adults worked in mills and mines, not unlike his own grandfather who began his family's "American story" in the coal mines after World War I. Santorum stresses the importance of middle class jobs, but feels that politicians connected to big business have ruined this opportunity by driving corporations overseas and allowing an influx of foreign, unskilled workers. Among other policies, Santorum believes that a simple, flat tax will create millions of jobs and rebuild American factories.

With Santorum's emphasis on creating more working class jobs and regaining America's title as a "leader in world manufacturing," we asked:

With the overall decline of manufacturing jobs, what is the current landscape across the country?