Leading manufacturers gathered in Seattle today to spark a conversation about America’s manufacturing comeback and the important role manufacturers must play to ensure America’s competitiveness in the 21st Century economy. The economic situation in Washington is better than the rest of the nation. The unemployment rate is lower than the national average, median incomes are higher and we can credit a lot of this to the manufacturing industry here.
Manufacturing employs nearly 10 percent of Washington’s workforce, almost 300,000 jobs. Manufacturers’ ability to compete is significantly affected by decisions made in Washington, D.C. and it’s absolutely critical that they engage in important policy discussions. That’s why NAM is hosting a Leadership Engagement Series, traveling to major cities across the nation to discuss top manufacturing concerns and urge manufacturers to engage in the political process.
From overburdening energy regulations to increasing healthcare premiums and taxes and the need to open the doors to more free trade agreements with Trade Promotion Authority, Congress is preventing the manufacturing industry from reaching its full potential. But as a top employer, manufacturers have a powerful voice in the November elections and it’s time we take action and push for more substantive federal policies that benefit, not punish, job creators.
Follow NAM on Twitter (@ShopFloorNAM) for more information on NAM’s Leadership Engagement Series and visit the NAM’s Election Center for more information on how you can get involved.
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