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Update on CA MFG job growth vs. U.S.

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on June 5, 2017





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Best states for MFG growth since the recession

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Nov. 22, 2016

Since manufacturing is the engine of economic growth, especially for the middle class, we thought we would see which states are having the sector's best bouncebacks since the recession. Of the 32 states that average more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs overall, Michigan has attracted the largest percentage of growth with 32.49 percent since 2010. California was 24th of 32 states at 2.57 percent. 

 

 





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Middle class in L.A. not well served by manufacturing losses

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 28, 2016

Los Angeles County has historically been the industrial powerhouse for the state of California.  Workers in transportation equipment, apparel, fabricated metal products, computers and electronics earn middle class or better salaries with upward mobility to achieve their career goals. So it is alarming that LA County manufacturing jobs are being lost while other California locations and the US as a whole is growing since the end of the recession in 2010.

Before and during the recession the losses were already accumulating in LA County with a 34 percent loss in manufacturing jobs from 2000 to 2009.  Now as the rest of the country rebounds with post-recession manufacturing growth, the county continues its slide with a 5.4 percent loss in manufacturing jobs since 2010.

It is possible that the shift away from manufacturing is making room for other service jobs in the area. But do those jobs have the same wages, benefits and opportunity for advancement?  Do they provide middle class status for workers without four year college degrees?

Local leaders should analyze and understand how the loss of manufacturing jobs will impact citizens and related businesses in the region.





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Illinois MFG leader steps up for MFG agenda (and #MFGDay16)

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Sept. 22, 2016

Manufacturing job numbers are growing at a larger scale in the rest of the country and in other competitor states, as we stated last week in our own jobs report. Illinois however is one of the few other states facing the same daunting business and political climate as California and has seen only 2.6 percent manufacturing job growth since the recession. As manufacturers you will be interested in Illinois Manufacturers Association president Greg Baise's recent message to Illinois policy makers at the City Club of Chicago. Greg has embarked on an ongoing tour to attract attention to the need for legislators to embrace a Middle Class Manufacturing Agenda, much like the campaign CMTA has taken on here in California.

Please take a moment to watch Greg's remarks to encourage leaders in Illinois to create stability and focus on developing an environment more conducive for growth. 

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association has sent a copy of the speech and a personal letter to all 177 lawmakers in Illinois challenging them each to call and visit three manufacturing companies in their district during Manufacturing Month in October. The message of manufacturing is catching on across the country, especially with the fourth annual Manufacturing Day upon us. California currently has 158 events scheduled for Manufacturing Day (#MFGday16) this October 7th. CMTA would also like to challenge our 120 legislators to visit manufacturing companies in their district on the 7th or sometime during the month.





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MFG lagging CA industries in post recession job growth

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 5, 2016

California, like the rest of the country, is rebounding and we hear a lot about the state's overall job growth and success. Much is true but it's important to understand what's happening in manufacturing -- an industry with an average wage around $80k, tremendous innovation and technological benefits, and one of the largest value chain multipliers among all sectors. 

Since 2010 California manufacturing, with only 3.4 percent job growth, is only ahead of the mining and public government sectors by a small margin in terms of percentage job growth. 

With low manufacturing growth California's middle class loses out on higher paying job opportunities and new technological skills. Further, almost all of our other sectors miss out on increased upstream supply chain opportunities and downstream manufactured goods. Put simply, manufacturing is steroids for overall economic activity and we could be doing so much better!

 

 

 

 





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