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America's middle class is in trouble. Here's what that fact means for the world's largest economy — and the rest of planet earth.

America the Gutted: Where the jobs have gone (VIDEO)

A video snippet from a 10-month GlobalPost investigation into the decline of America's middle class.

NEW  YORK — US jobs have been going overseas for decades, along the way decimating whole swaths of the country.

Textile and apparel workers have been particularly hard hit: since 1994, more than a million people have lost their jobs in this one industry.

But it’s a different story overseas, where many of these jobs have gone.

For workers in places like this one — in a suburb of Manila — a factory job can mean the difference between chronic hunger and a middle class life. 

Here's a snippet: