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Manufacturing Role Discussed by Economic Policy Institute Yet Leadership Communication Ignored


Mankato, MN -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/20/2015 -- Manufacturing is a critically important part of the US economy. Despite fluctuations over the years the value of the sector cannot be ignored. Sadly manufacturing executives are admittedly poor communicators and hurt the sector's growth, employee engagement, and employee retention.

Workers in manufacturing made 10.9%, or $1.78, more than similar workers elsewhere in the economy in, according to a new report issued by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). The wage premium amounts to more than $3,700 annually. The sector employed 12 million workers in 2013, or about 8.8% of total U.S. employment, including a higher overall share of workers without a college degree. In addition to the 12 million people employed in U.S manufacturing, the sector supports some 17.1 million indirect jobs, for a total of 29.1 million jobs directly and indirectly supported – more than one fifth (21.3%) of total U.S. employment. "This report makes clear just how crucial the manufacturing sector is to the nation's economy," said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM). Manufacturing industries generated $2.1 trillion in GDP (12.5% of total U.S. gross domestic product). U.S. manufacturing had gross output of $5.9 trillion, more than one-third (35.4%) of U.S. GDP. The report found that manufacturing plays a particularly important role in supporting jobs in a group of states in the upper Midwest and South. The top five states ranked by manufacturing's share of total state employment in 2013 were Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and Alabama. Complete data for employment in each state are available in the EPI Manufacturing Employment Map.

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