California Energy Policy Impacts Manufacturing Jobs

Gino DiCaro
Vice President of Communications for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association

This week, Chris Busch, the Director of Research at Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC wrote a piece that appeared in both LiveScience and CaliforniaCarbon.info. Essentially the piece praised California’s bold energy policies and claimed that our state’s economy is flourishing because of them. Of specific note was a chart that showed our employment growth and timelined […]

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California’s Plastic Bag Ban Will Cost Hundreds Of Good Manufacturing Jobs

Gino DiCaro
Vice President of Communications for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association clarified that California’s proposed plastic bag ban and paper bag tax contained in SB 270 will cost the state good paying manufacturing jobs. There are close to 60 plastic-bag and 100 paper-bag manufacturing establishments in California, according to the Labor Market Information Department. These companies employ 5,000 workers and […]

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A Look at Growth in Manufacturing and Other Sectors vs. The U.S.

Gino DiCaro
Vice President of Communications for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association

In light of 4,600 new California manufacturing jobs reported in July, we thought we’d take a look at how some of the largest job sectors were doing against the rest of the country since we began to come out of the recession in 2010.  The CMTA chart below shows each sector’s growth and average salary […]

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Update On California’s Manufacturing Job Trend

Gino DiCaro
Vice President of Communications for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association

California’s monthly jobs report last week showed that we lost another 1,700 manufacturing jobs even though the state added 11,000 non-farm jobs and our our overall unemployment rate stayed the same.  We continue to lag the nation’s manufacturing growth by a substantial margin since we started to recover from the recession in 2010.  Manufacturing jobs in […]

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Updated California Manufacturing Investment

Gino DiCaro
Vice President of Communications for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association

Last month we showed you how California shaped up for manufacturing investments in the first three quarters of 2013.  We just got the fourth quarter numbers and we have updated our chart below to indicate how it looks for the entire year.  Basically we got 1.5 percent of the nation’s new or expanded facilities, accounting for 1.2 […]

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Is California Comfortable With Manufacturing Investment Levels?

Gino DiCaro
Vice President of Communications for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association

California’s economy is improving.  Our unemployment rate is down two percentage points over the last year and our state revenue growth has, for the first time in a while, allowed the Governor to project a small surplus in 2013. Still California has far too many workers either unemployed or underemployed. The state currently has the […]

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California Needs More Champions of Manufacturing

Gino DiCaro
Vice President of Communications for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association

California’s manufacturers are capable of meeting extraordinary challenges and will be the engine of job creation if they have the resources skilled workforce and the long term support of state and local communities. California’s unemployment rate fell from 8.9 percent to 8.7 percent in October but California unfortunately lost another 5,600 manufacturing jobs according to […]

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California’s Clean Energy Drive will Increase Prices

Gino DiCaro
Vice President of Communications for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association

California is a national leader in pushing renewable energy, lower greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency.  State manufacturers have contributed to the effort by installing cost-effective technologies and instituting lean manufacturing processes to reduce their demand for electricity, natural gas and transportation fuels. No other state’s manufacturers have done as much. But with more climate […]

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Perspective on Uptick in Manufacturing

Gino DiCaro
Vice President of Communications for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association

The Sacramento Bee and others have written about recent statistics showing that California’s economy grew faster than the country in 2012. They have also pointed out that the state’s manufacturing gdp numbers had an eight percent boom in 2012.  That is very good news! We hope the trend continues because we have a lot of lost ground […]

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Manufacturing Gap Between US and California Grows

Gino DiCaro
Vice President of Communications for the California Manufacturers & Technology Association

We updated our manufacturing employment numbers, comparing us to the nation. Since January 2010, the country has seen 4.5 percent growth with 517,000 new manufacturing jobs, while California has been stagnant with the loss of 10,300 manufacturing jobs, about one percent of its manufacturing base. That two-year trend seems to accelerate the gap that has […]

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