Manufacturer Testifies on State of American Worker

By January 28, 2011Economy

Dyke Messinger, a member of the National Association of Manufacturers’ board of directors, testified this week before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, a hearing, “State of the American Workforce.” Dyke is president and CEO of Power Curbers, Inc., a manufacturer of curbing machines. 

From his prepared testimony:

The United States is the world’s largest manufacturing economy, producing
21 percent of global manufactured products. U.S. manufacturing alone makes up 11.2 percent of our nation’s GDP. More importantly, manufacturing supports an estimated 18.6 million jobs in the U.S. – about one in six private-sector jobs. To put this in context, this is about the equivalent of the entire populations of the five largest cities in the U.S.: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix combined. Nearly 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing. Manufacturing jobs are high paying jobs, too. In 2009, the average U.S. manufacturing worker earned $74,447 annually, including pay and benefits – 22 percent more than the rest of the workforce.

But today’s manufacturers face many challenges to our global competitiveness and job creation efforts. Proposals that increase taxes and impose new regulations will make business in the United States less competitive. These proposals will stifle the already weak recovery and destroy manufacturers’ ability to create jobs. 

Dyke’s testimony drew on the NAM’s “Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America.” 

Others testifying were: 

Coverage …

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