The Importance of U.S. Manufacturing
17. Manufacturing Job Gains Are Largest in the West and Midwest Percentage Change in Manufacturing Employment by State, Dec. 2009-Mar.2013
Job growth in manufacturing is starting to more steadily rebound following the 2008-2009 recession. While the sector is seeing positive expansion, it is not keeping pace with the rest of the economy. Rising capital investment and widespread adoption of new manufacturing techniques demonstrated industry’s willingness to adapt to changing circumstances. Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma quality programs created demand for a smaller but more highly skilled workforce. Government spending cuts from sequestration are also taking a toll on the growth of the economy. Data on state employment show that, on average, the number of U.S. manufacturing jobs has increased 4.8 percent since the end of the recession in December 2009. Western and Midwestern states have experienced above average increases in manufacturing employment while states in the East are recovering at a slower pace.
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