Manufacturing: The Engine of Our Economy

Published in the December 6, 2011 Special Edition of Seattle Business Insight

by Impact Washington

While manufacturing is key to a strong U.S. economy, 90 percent of manufacturers are small and midsize companies that seldom have the resources to compete in an increasingly global economy. As a country, helping manufacturign thrive is one of the best investments we can make in our economy. Many people think that with so much of manufacturing moving offshore, the United States has little choice but to transition into a service economy, but Linda Adams of Impact Washington disagrees. “It’s important to fight to keep those manufacturing jobs becasue they are good jobs,” she writes. “The average salary for a worker in manufacturing is about $55,000, compared to $33,000 for the average service worker.”  Read more.


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