An interesting post at the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank's Web site describes how job creation has been stronger in Milwaukee than Chicago, post-recession. And, in fact, had been proceeding apace prior to the fall election. The reason: a greater concentration of manufacturing jobs that benefited from an uptick in that sector.
However, it seems the Fibs may be catching up:
Given the two cities’ past history, Milwaukee is not likely to maintain its advantage over Chicago unless the strength in manufacturing continues to outpace that of the service sector. Indeed, in the past three months, the rate of employment growth in the largest employment sector in Chicago, professional and business services, has picked up, while manufacturing’s rate of employment growth has edged lower in Milwaukee.
What about the tools?