In February, job growth in the manufacturing industry showed promise by adding 33,000 jobs, but also revealed areas where uncertainty has a dampening effect on job creation. Manufacturers still have a long, long way to go in the economic recovery.
For the second straight month the vast majority of manufacturing jobs created in February were in the durable goods sector.
Manufacturers are concerned by a number of factors including higher energy prices, misguided federal regulations, and policies that do not support global competitiveness. Policymakers need to join with manufacturers to create an environment that encourages innovation and job creation.
Aric Newhouse is the NAM Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations.
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