China offers US middle class a jobs lifeline
1 July 2013 Last updated at 12:20 BST
Chinese computer maker Lenovo recently celebrated the opening of its first US manufacturing plant in Whitsett, North Carolina
The new plant continues a trend that some are saying marks a small resurgence in American manufacturing and middle class manufacturing jobs.
For years those jobs have been leaving America for cheaper operations in emerging economies - but now Chinese companies in particular are setting up their own factories in America.
Michelle Fleury reports from North Carolina.