December 6, 2013: The #AAMeter, it moves (in the right direction)!

Posted by mmcmullan on 12/06/2013

Good morning,

It’s Friday. Friday. Got to get down on Friday. But before we do, the jobs report has dropped. So how fared the level of manufacturing employment across the nation? Has our #AAMeter moved? Drumroll, please:

+27K

Holy smokes, that’s kind of good! When you factor in revisions to any previous employment data, we’ve now had two solid months of manufacturing job growth -- a rarity these days. The economy has now created 63,000 manufacturing positions since the beginning of the year.

Make no mistake, President Obama’s campaign pledge of 1 million such jobs in his second term remains way off pace. So what do we need, now that we’re heading in the right direction? The policy prescriptions remain the same. Here’s what Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul had to say:

'Investing in infrastructure and innovation, training a new generation of skilled workers, cutting our massive trade deficit, and improving prospects for the long-term unemployed should all move to the top of the agenda in Washington.'

Elsewhere around the web:

So check it out: The White House and congressional leaders are hammering out an agreement that would allow the administration to more easily move trade deals -- like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- across Capitol Hill. Damian Paletta and William Mauldin of the Wall Street Journal write that administration officials have buy-in from key committee chairmen, but such a deal will have to be sold to the rank-and-file (many of whom still want a currency manipulation rule to appear in the trade agreement.

Looks like someone could use some, uh, environmental regulations:

It’s so bad, Bloomberg reports, that authorities are ordering automobiles off the road.

It’s gift-giving season, America. While you’re out there doing your holiday shopping, whether in-person or online, your pals at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) hope you keep your purchases Made in the U.S.A.

Why? AAM President Scott Paul said it thusly:

We consume too much from overseas, and we don’t produce enough here to make up the difference. That burdens us with debt and leaves us with fewer jobs. There is a solution and it may sound quaint, but it’s never been truer than it is today: Buy American.

Easier said than done? Not if we help you out! We’ve posted a list of 51 American-made gifts suggestions, one from every state (and the District of Columbia). Throughout the month of December we’ll continue providing you with ideas, tips, and tricks. So check out our Holiday page often, as we’ll update it frequently.

Have an American-made gift that you’re giving, or coveting? We want to hear about it. Tweet it to @KeepItMadeinUSA or email us: info [at] aamfg [dot] org.

TGIF, America!

-AAM

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