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Manufacturing is a bright spot in a subdued US jobs report

Latest payroll data underscores striking rebound at factories, which lost over two million jobs in recession

Auto sales were down slightly in August, continuing 2017's soft trend, but employment at vehicle and parts factories, which includes truck makers such as Mack, managed to climb by 14,000 last month.

Macungie, United States

At the sprawling Mack Trucks factory here, the last of the workers laid off in 2016 after sales slowed down are back on the line, and for the first time in years, the company is hiring new employees.

The turnabout in the Lehigh Valley, whose shuttered...