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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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