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Update on California's manufacturing job trend

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 25, 2014

California's monthly jobs report last week showed that we lost another 1,700 manufacturing jobs even though the state added 11,000 non-farm jobs and our our overall unemployment rate stayed the same.  We continue to lag the nation's manufacturing growth by a substantial margin since we started to recover from the recession in 2010.  Manufacturing jobs in the U.S. are up 5.38 percent while the Golden State lags with only a .53 percent increase.  

The Labor Market Information Department also predicted in a February report that manufacturing is the only private industry in the state that is set to lose jobs over a two-year period between 2013 and 2015.

The growing and consistent acknowledgement from the Governor and his recruitment team Go-Biz that manufacturing is critcal to California's success -- given its tremendous salaries, innovation, workers and ripple effects in the economy -- gives us hope that their leadership will get all Californians and policymakers to do their part to help improve this trend.  


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A quick look at California exports vs the U.S.

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 17, 2014

Recently TechAmerica reported that California for the first time lost its status as the top technology exporter in the country, with Texas surpassing us with $45.1 billion in technology exports to our $44.8 billion.  

We thought this would be a good time to look at the trend of our overall exports versus Texas and the rest of the country.  Below is the percentage growth in exports since the country started to emerge from its recession in 2010.  California at 17.4 percent is growing but trending behind the country's 23.3 percent, as well as Texas' 35.2 percent.


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Manufacturing Champion and comedian Adam Carolla headlines CMTA Summit

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 4, 2014

CMTA’s 2014 Manufacturing Champions Summit just got a huge boost. 

Talented funnyman and manufacturing champion himself, Adam Carolla, has agreed to host the big event. You may have heard Carolla on the radio, on his #1 downloaded podcasts, at the Punchline, or on Fox News providing California perspective. He's edgy and he tells great jokes, but more importantly he's a huge fan of manufacturing and understands its importance to California's success.

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Adam Carolla and the exciting CMTA Manufacturing Champions Summit will start at 10 a.m. on June 18 at the Sacramento Convention Center. The event will conclude at noon.

CMTA knows that California manufacturing is capable of once again leading the country in innovation and high-wage job growth.

Much like the massive aerospace investment in the 80’s and the technology manufacturing sector growth in the 90’s, California should be promoting manufacturing over the next decade to provide tremendous opportunities for our working families and our economy. 

To that end, we signed the talented Adam Carolla to host the event, celebrate our Champions and engage the Summit’s policymakers on how we can make this all happen again for California.

We are inviting Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Governor Jerry Brown as leaders of the two largest manufacturing regions in the country -- Los Angeles and California. We will also have our newest Manufacturing Champion companies on hand to explain what will help them grow their incredible operations in California.

You can either attend the event on June 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sacramento Convention Center or you can watch the event live online at the same time. Space is limited. Either way you need to register online here.

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California needs more champions of manufacturing

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Nov. 22, 2013

California's manufacturers are capable of meeting extraordinary challenges and will be the engine of job creation if they have the resources skilled workforce and the long term support of state and local communities.

California's unemployment rate fell from 8.9 percent to 8.7 percent in October but California unfortunately lost another 5,600 manufacturing jobs according to this week's Labor Market Information report.  

Even with a few previous growth spurts in the Golden State's manufacturing sector, the overall trend since 2010 shows a widening gap between the United States' 4.59 percent manufacturing job growth and California's 0.55 percent.  

While the recent loss and the overall trendline vs the country does not bode well for California's economy and middle class workers, there are positive developments that should be noted along with some of the previous job increases.

We have a commitment from the Governor's Office of Economic and Business Development (GoBiz) to grow this industry and a consistent acknowledgement from them that California's economy needs this innovative and high wage industry that pays an average $77,000 salary.  They are making strides in attracting and retaining manufacturing and making sure the industry knows it is their priority.  See some of their tweets from this week pasted below, showing recent expansions from China, conversions from printing faciliities to manufacturing plants, aerospace growth, etc.    

We appreciate all that GoBiz is doing to champion new policies to grow manufacturing and put boots on the ground to recruit and retain investments.  We can't turn this trend around without their unfettered and unending committment.  On the flip side, they also can't do it alone.  They need an army of local and state leaders with an intense dedication to the entire statewide effort.   Every new policy and inititative should at the very least not harm the plan to grow manufacturing and in many cases seek to grow the sector with real outcomes.  

It will take a consolidated effort from both the policymakers as well as the economic development soldiers tasked with growing the economies of their regions within the state's borders.   Everyone should be encouraging manufacturers to plant their economy-boosting roots here in California.  


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Some tweets this week from GoBIZ:


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A quick look at manufacturing jobs numbers

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 29, 2013

Manufacturing jobs growth chart

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