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'Made in America' series begins on ABC News

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March 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
As lawmakers look for ways to add jobs during these tough economic times, there is a renewed effort to buy products that are made in America.

Today, more than half of everything Americans buy is made overseas. If every American spent an extra 1 percent on U.S. products, that's 18 cents per day, we could create 200,000 U.S. jobs, according to Moody's Analytics.

All this week, ABC World News is broadcasting their reports "Made in America," looking at how we can bring jobs back to the U.S. We're clearing out one family's home and refurnishing it with only American-made products. Can it be done? What would it look like? And how much would it cost?

In an ABC7/Survey USA poll, 66 percent of L.A. and Southern California residents check products to see if it was made in America. Trouble is, 66 percent also said they'd likely buy foreign-made products when cheaper. Share your idea for boosting purchases of American-made products in the comments section below.

Do you know what U.S. brands are no longer made in America? Take the quiz.

Tune in all this week to ABC World News at 6:30 p.m.