10 Industries Where the U.S. No Longer Leads

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Americans are used to being number one, whether we're competing in automobile production or Olympic games. But in the last 40 years, our economic metal count has slipped, especially in manufacturing, education and technology. The rise of China* and Japan and the integration of the European Union mean the United States doesn't lead in some industries that once defined us in the 20th century. Here are ten industries where the U.S. is no longer number one:



*... admittedly, a nation with four times our population

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Douglas A. McIntyre and Michael B. Sauter are editors of 24/7 Wall St., a Delaware-based financial news and opinion operation that produces content for sites including MarketWatch, DailyFinance, Yahoo! Finance, and TheStreet.com.

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