IRVINE, CA-After more than a decade of steadily declining numbers, the high-tech manufacturing sector nationwide is beginning to add jobs again. According to a report from Jones Lang LaSalle, experts expect to see a reversal in the trend that saw a reduction in US manufacturing operations and a shift offshore, particularly in labor-intensive operations.

The double blow of the Great Recession and fierce competition from low-cost labor countries, the industry is finally seeing some stabilization, the report says. The Bureau of Labor Statistics and Alix Partners predict that manufacturing employment should see positive net growth—albeit slight, only 0.7%–between 2013 and 2018. And while this growth isn’t earthshattering, it does signify an end to the bleeding the sector has endured for far too long.

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