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California must get its fair share of U.S. manufacturing renaissance

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Feb. 21, 2014

Last week we looked at recent investment levels of manufacturing across the country and found that California is still lagging the country in the ever-important category of new and expanded facilities.  This week we took a look at the state's manufacturing employment levels since 2000 versus the country.  The California trend continues with a larger percentage loss than the rest of the United States.

Manufacturing employment chart sine 2000

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Manufacturing employment picture improves, state still lags though

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 19, 2013

California reported 2,600 new manufacturing jobs in monthe of June.  We are slowly improving but still lag the country's recovery since 2010.


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Perspective on uptick in manufacturing

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on June 21, 2013

The Sacramento Bee and others have written about recent statistics showing that California's economy grew faster than the country in 2012. They have also pointed out that the state's manufacturing gdp numbers had an eight percent boom in 2012.  That is very good news! 

We hope the trend continues because we have a lot of lost ground to make up.  California manufacturing has recovered much slower than the U.S.   We've seen only five percent manufacturing GSP growth since 2010 while the country enjoyed a robust 21 percent growth.  High-wage manufacturing jobs have grown by only a half percent versus the country's 4.4 percent boom in that time period.
We can pop the champagne cork over the good news in 2012 and take action to make sure we have a repeat performance in 2013 and beyond.  Make California a competitive place for manufacturers to operate and invest for the long term.


Manufacturing GSP growth chart



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Manufacturing employment takes another hit

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, 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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CA manufacturing losses in March continue widening gap in industrial growth

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 20, 2012

California lost another 2,200 manufacturing jobs in March, according to today's Labor Market Information Department (LMID) report.  After a 33 percent loss of the state's industrial base over the last decade, the larger concern is an emerging trend in the country's manufacturing growth numbers.   Over the last two years California has increasingly lagged the U.S. in terms of new industrial jobs.

Since 2010 the U.S. grew it's manufacturing employment by 4 percent and a total of 470,000 jobs, while California remains stagnant with only 0.3 percent growth.


***4/23 CORRECTION: the previous chart said ".03%". It has been changed to accurately reflect "0.3%".  Thank you to Mary Ann Milbourn with the Orange County Register for pointing it out.

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