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Online retailers bring jobs and new life back to rust-belt communities

The areas have advantage of being surrounded by highways and rail lines

Warehouses - such as Walmart's fulfilment centre in Bethlehem (above) - have produced hundreds of thousands of jobs since the recovery began in 2010, adding workers at four times the rate of overall job growth.

Ms Gaugler fulfilling orders at the Zulily warehouse where she earns US$13.50 an hour working 10-hour shifts four days a week.

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

ELLEN Gaugler remembers driving her father to the Bethlehem Steel mill, where he spent his working years hauling beams off the assembly line and onto rail cars.

When the Pennsylvania plant shut down about two decades ago, Ms Gaugler thought that it was the...

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