With the closing of the factories in my region the jobs that were found by the workers paid much less and generally had little or no benefits. As a result the lifestyle of the region dropped. As some manufacturing jobs have returned the pay and benefits are lower than prior manufacturing, but higher than the service sector. The fact is that my neighbors compete with workers world wide instead of the relatively regional labor competition in the past.
Textiles moved from the northeast to the southeast to lower the cost of transportation of raw materials (cotton) and for the lower cost of labor. Government, pressured by the northeast, created the "minimum" wage to raise the wages in the south and stem the tide of factories moving.