Changing Workforce

Perspective: Let's not forget manufacturing competitiveness this election year

By Michael McGarry, PPG, for the Hill

Apr 13, 2016

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In an election year like none other, it is important for candidates seeking positions at all levels of government to understand that manufacturing in the U.S. is robust, but changes are necessary to reach the next level of global competitiveness.

According to the most recent data from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), manufacturing contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy. It employs 9 percent of the U.S. workforce in high-paying jobs and adds $1.40 to the economy for every $1 spent.

Our elected officials must build upon this momentum and the progress made with last year’s passage of the $325 billion highway bill and a permanent research and development tax credit by addressing the major hurdles that remain.

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