When considering employment trends in advanced manufacturing, it is important to account for the long term trajectory of jobs in the overall manufacturing sector. Nationally, total employment in the manufacturing sector (i.e. all manufacturing jobs, not just advanced manufacturing), currently remains 33% below its employment level in 1970. Wisconsin and the Madison Region have fared better than the national trend as the state and Region posted strong employment gains between the early 1980s and the late 1990s.