There has been a tremendous shift towards job creation in the manufacturing industry. This is important because despite what people hear about so called “low value” manufacturing jobs – they actually pay more than the national average. Unfortunately – as shown below…America lost more than 4 million manufacturing jobs during the Bush administration when the prior 20 years maintained a slightly lower but mostly stable job levels. For the first time since 1993 – America is starting to see manufacturing jobs come back; needless to say – this is great news.
A new report from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program shows that since the beginning of 2010, manufacturing employment has increased by 5.2 percent in the Midwest, while it has gone up by only 2.2 percent in the South.
The study also analyzes which metropolitan areas have the highest concentration of manufacturing workers, both as a proportion of jobs in the area and as a multiple of the proportion of manufacturing jobs to all jobs nationally. Of the 20 metropolitan areas that rank as “most manufacturing-specialized,” half are in the Midwest.
Southern regions remain relatively strong in manufacturing, with eight metropolitan areas on that list. But the usual narrative of an inexorably declining Rust Belt seems not quite accurate – or at least for now. “It’s possible that this bounce-back is just a bounce-back and won’t last,” said Howard Wial, an economist and fellow at the Brookings Institution who was one of the authors of the report. “But there is an opportunity for it to be more.”
You can find a great interactive map showing where the manufacturing jobs are clustered by city HERE.
You can download the PDF version of the Brookings study: Locating American Manufacturing: Trends in the Geography of Production – HERE.
To see how that success is such a drop in the bucket …saddest graph you’ll see today below. The hemorrhaging of American manufacturing jobs starts around 2001.
Manufacturing jobs pay better than the average job does within America…
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