With the global economic downturn in 2008 that saw a rise in unemployment due to layoffs and closures, there is a perception that manufacturing in the London Economic Region (the City of London, Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford Counties) took a catastrophic hit. The prevailing feeling among the general public is that manufacturing in the region is in decline.

Certainly media coverage of the struggles and demise of large  local automotive manufacturers have contributed to the perception that manufacturing "jobs are never coming back." Automotive production, however, is but one sub-sector of a large and diverse sector of the economy in London and area. With recent data showing an increase in manufacturing jobs in 2011 and 2012, manufacturing remains as one of the largest employment sectors in the region, with even automotive manufacturing experiencing a resurgence.

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