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Fear not, however. The article—while its facts may be accurate—is misleading, because its criteria for “better” and “worse” jobs are tied directly to the growth opportunity in that industry, not the actual working conditions of each position. In the case of the jewelry industry, it cites the influx of mass-produced jewelry imports from overseas as the reason why American jewelry factory jobs are declining—not breaking news—but it also points out that highly skilled goldsmiths working in the custom and luxury sectors are in great demand and should remain so well into the 21st century. It lists the median salary for “jewelers and precious-stone workers” at $28,000. According to JCK's Annual Salary and Job Satisfaction Survey—which this year for the first time ever includes data on supplier firms as well as retail firms—this isn't breaking news either, although t
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