Manufacturing and The American Economy

As global economic cooperation increases trade relations and interconnectivity between nations, the United States is faced with newer challenges.  From a peak number of close to 20 million employees in the late 1970’s, the number of those employed in the manufacturing sector currently stands at 11.7 million.  Meanwhile, some have argued that the number of manufacturing jobs sustained by the U.S. economy has decreased due to an increased level of worker productivity.

In order to help maintain a viable workforce the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing has developed a policy initiative entitled “America’s 21st Century Learning System”  to which 32 trade associations and professional societies have now signed on.  Some of the proposals included in the initiative include implementing world-class education standards, increasing applied learning, and strengthening career counseling.

Posted by: Michael Darden

Sources: Carpe Diem, govtrack, NACFAM, USA Today

Photo Credit: motion gears -team force Courtesy of flickr user ralphbijker

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