The truth about manufacturing sector employment in one (sad) graph

Posted by LDonia on 01/08/2014

When the fine folks at National Public Radio's (NPR) Planet Money, in a blog post yesterday, promised to reveal the location of America's jobs, your friends at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) were more than intrigued.

Sadly, what NPR shared did not present a pretty picture for those in manufacturing. The chart below shows how the manufacturing sector has performed in relation to the service sector over the last seven decades.

What's most interesting to us, though, is the analysis NPR adds to the charts:

The United States has a cultural obsession with manufacturing. When policymakers stump about job growth and job creation, they often focus on manufacturing jobs.

But for more than 60 years, the number of manufacturing jobs has been stagnant, while the number of service jobs has exploded.

Well, that's true, but it also illustrates a point AAM has been making for nearly a decade: legislators need to also walk the walk. It's not enough to simply state support for manufacturing. Law makers need to take action. AAM has provided a (by no means exhaustive) list of suggestions for truly interested lawmakers to help the manufacturing sector out. From rigidly enforcing U.S. trade laws to promoting the retrofitting of public buildings with American-made materials there is action to be taken by individuals at all levels of government. Of course, they have to want to take action.

Would you like to see the manufacturing sector rebound? Visit our Take Action page to learn how to encourage your elected officials to support pro-manufacturing policy.

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