State leaders recognize the opportunity of California manufacturing

We are pleased that State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon recently bragged in a tweet that led with the fact California has the most manufacturing jobs in the nation. We should be proud that manufacturing plays such a crucial role in the California and US economies. As advocates for manufacturing, we regularly remind elected officials that not only […]

Best states for MFG growth since the recession

Since manufacturing is the engine of economic growth, especially for the middle class, we thought we would see which states are having the sector’s best bouncebacks since the recession. Of the 32 states that average more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs overall, Michigan has attracted the largest percentage of growth with 32.49 percent since 2010. California was […]

California Stumbles in Race for U.S. Manufacturing Investments

California ranked last among the 50 states in per capita manufacturing investments in 2015, attracting only 1.5 percent of investments made in the US, according to data analyzed and released this week by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA). California attracted investments for 1.07 new sites or expansions per one million people, far below the US […]

California Attracts 2.4% Of U.S. Reshored Jobs

The Reshoring Initiative, an organization committed to helping manufacturers recognize the profit potential of domestic sourcing and production, has published its updated reshoring numbers that illustrate the U.S. manufacturing advantages driving the manufacturing renaissance. A growing number of companies across the country are bringing thousands of manufacturing jobs home from offshore. California should do all it […]

Grow CA Manufacturing, Grow CA Wages

Dan Walters wrote in the Bee that, “a third of California’s employed workers are ‘low-wage’ and their ranks are growing according to a new study from the Center for Labor Research and Education at University of California’s Berkeley campus.” Walters also discussed the legislature’s passion for a minimum wage hike as a means to fix this problem. […]

CA MFG Jobs vs. U.S.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics and California’s Employment Development Department recently made their annual revisions to employment data. California manufacturing still lags behind the country in manufacturing job growth since the recession, though the state did see a little bump comparatively to the country. On the month-to-month front, California lost 4,200 manufacturing jobs in January. 

Manufacturing Numbers in Perspective

Last week Dan Walters wrote a piece depicting the enormity of California’s manufacturing sector, using a recent 2012 Census Bureau report, which prompted tweets like the following: GO-Biz (@CAGoBiz) 1/27/15, 14:54 FACT: California has twice as many manufacturing firms as the next closest state, TX. @sacbee Stockton Buzz (@stocktonbuzz) California leads U.S. in manufacturing jobs… #stockton #lodi #los […]

California Energy Policy Impacts Manufacturing Jobs

This week, Chris Busch, the Director of Research at Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC wrote a piece that appeared in both LiveScience and 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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]