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As we close out 2018, an update on CA MFG job gains vs the Country

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 18, 2019

Californa gained about 1,400 new manufacturing jobs in December 2018 according to numbers released by the Labor Market Information Department on Friday. California saw some good gains in 2018 but we are still getting outpaced by the country by a substantial margin. As you see below, our clip of manufacturing job growth is 5.6 percent versus the country's 13.2 percent. Further, our largest industrial county has declined by 7.3 percent in manufacturing job growth.

 





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CA should manufacture the products that come from its great ideas

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Feb. 2, 2018

Since 2010 California's innovation economy far outpaced the rest of the country. California is a beacon for big bold ideas and research and development. In most regions the early stages of an idea's patent cerification and R&D often translate later to manufacturing jobs in the same area - meaning a tremendous opportunity for the local middle class. For California, the latter part of the equation appears to be falling flat since 2010. You'll see in the chart below that the state's patent growth is near double the United States' pace, while our manufacturing job growth is less than half the pace of the rest of the country. 

Too often California's ideas are being invested in other parts of the country when it's time to build manufacturing facilities to produce commercial scale of a product.  With so much innovation and bold and intelligent risk takers in our state, California needs to find ways to make it easier for our innovators to manufacturer in our own backyard. 

 

 





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Nebraska and Texas win Governor's Cup awards for investment

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on March 19, 2017

Site Selection magazine released their Governor’s Cup edition this week.  It reflects yearly capital investment project totals and awards a state for most projects and most projects per capita. 

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts joins the elite club of governors to claim a Site Selection Governor’s Cup, by virtue of his state winning the Cup for most capital investment projects per capita (101 such projects for 2016 = 53.7 per 1 million people). 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott claims his third Governor’s Cup for total qualified projects (642), and the State’s fifth consecutive such Cup. Texas’ winning streak began in 2009. Rounding out the top five in this category are Illinois, North Carolina (289) and Georgia (271). 

California ranked in the top 10 of total projects at 250 but only attracted 6.4 projects per 1 million people. We at CMTA have purchased the underlying data so we can report at a later date on the number of specific manufacturing investments per capita vs. the rest of the country.

You can read Site Selection Magazine's report HERE.





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Let's count the loss of Ashley Furniture's green jobs

Posted by Dorothy Rothrock, on Aug. 31, 2016

Last week we learned that Ashley Furniture will be shifting production out of California in favor of their other locations in the US.  While you won't hear them labeled as such, the 840 jobs lost are part of our "green" economy.  The Colton California location uses electricity fueled by mostly low-carbon renewables, nuclear, hydro and natural gas resources.  Workers drive cars to and from work with gasoline blended with renewable fuel and pay about 11 cents per gallon in cap and trade taxes that lawmakers say is necessary to reach our state climate change goals.  

Ashley Furniture locations in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Mississippi do not have the same strict climate change regulations as California.  Any jobs that will be created there to offset the loss in California will not be green.  An honest accounting would subtract the 840 Ashley Furniture green jobs against the 500,000 green jobs that state leaders claim have been created in the state. 

That would be a good start to determine how effective our clean economy policies really are.   





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Manufacturing wage growth fuels many middle class families

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 17, 2015

Today we learned that California gained 4,300 manufacturing jobs in March. We all understand that this sector's growth means more opportunities for our working middle class, the retention of critical technology and innovation, and tremendoous ripple effects in our economy. 

California must keep up the fight to retain and attract manufacturing.

This week we looked at sector wage growth adjusted for inflation since 1990. California manufacturing wages have not only kept up with the average increase with 39 percent growth but it is the second highest among California's five largest sectors.

 

 

 





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