Manufacturing employment takes another hit

Posted by Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications on Sept. 27, 2012

One week after the California Labor Market Information Department reported the August employment numbers with only a slight increase in manufacturing jobs, Campbell Soup announced that it would close its Sacramento facility and shutter 700 high wage, union manufacturing jobs. 

According to reports, "Campbell's is closing its oldest and most expensive manufacturing plant in the U.S. in an effort to cut down on production costs as soup sales continue to decline."

CMTA's valued long-time member provides us with a valuable lesson on the business climate.  It's not perception.  It's hard costs and markets.  California can help fix the former, but not the latter.  But it must get to work before its too late for scores of other manufacturers.

California continues to lag behind the country in manufacturing employment growth over the last two years, as seen in the chart below.  The numbers show the rest of the country is winning out on manufacturing growth, with 4.5 percent growth, while California remains stagnant.

 





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