The latest monthly U.S. jobs report shows America’s manufacturing sector gained 2,000 jobs in September 2013. However, for all of 2013, the U.S. has gained only 12,000 manufacturing jobs.
Commented Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM):
“In manufacturing, we’ve been treading water for nearly 18 months now. Yet no one in Washington seems to care.
“The September jobs report shows that private sector job growth, and manufacturing in particular, is too weak to put the U.S. on a sound fiscal footing or to get the middle class back on track.
“It’s time for Congress to stop manufacturing crises and deal with our real manufacturing crisis. Washington needs to put into place policies that will get America back to work. The neglect is glaring: 70,000 structurally deficient bridges. Math and science achievement down compared to other industrialized nations. And our economic competitors are not standing still.
“This is no way to run a country or to support the private sector’s efforts to create jobs. And here’s the kicker: the October numbers could be even worse.”
During the recent government shutdown, AAM released it’s own Jobs Report, a compilation of firsthand accounts from Americans who are struggling to find work. Paul also published an op-ed in The Hill advising President Obama that “there’s plenty he could do on his own to encourage manufacturing’s return.”
President Obama set a goal of creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term. To follow the president’s progress, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) continually updates a jobs tracker, the #AAMeter, based onmonthly jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
AAM has released a new book, ‘ReMaking America,’ that provides a blueprint for an American manufacturing resurgence.
The Alliance for American Manufacturing is a non-profit, non-partisan partnership formed in 2007 by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers to explore common solutions to challenging public policy topics such as job creation, infrastructure investment, international trade, and global competitiveness. For more information, please visitwww.americanmanufacturing.org.
AAM is releasing its blueprint for an American manufacturing resurgence, ReMaking America.