It is general knowledge that manufacturing creates jobs. Not just sweepers and labourers, but sustainable jobs where people are trained with specific skills. Unfortunately we are losing those skills as we have done away with apprenticeships and also import far too much at the expense of our local factories.
I found this article interesting as it comments on the youth unemployment rate in the USA. They have nothing, compared to the 50% or thereabouts youth unemployment that we have.
Once a country loses its manufacturing skills it is doomed.