Manufacturing remains a critical sector for the economic health of the nation.
Manufacturing remains a critical sector for the economic health of the nation as a whole and for the states. The sector accounts for the bulk of U.S. exports, is key to innovation, and provides many high-wage jobs for less educated workers. So reversing or at least stemming manufacturing job losses is essential to an economic recovery that leads to a sustained period of export-oriented, innovation-fueled, opportunity-rich economic growth.
For these and other reasons, manufacturing should be an important part of state job growth strategies. But state efforts are not focused on one of the things that small and medium-sized manufacturers need most: help with developing and implementing new technologies.
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Source: Howard Wial and Susan Helper | The Brookings Institution