According to conventional wisdom, “we don’t make things in America anymore.” But this is not completely true. “Made in the USA is making a comeback. Climbing out of the recession, the U.S. has seen its manufacturing growth outpace that of other advanced nations, with some 500,000 jobs created in the past three years. It marks the first time in more than a decade that the number of factory jobs has gone up instead of down. American workers are busy making things that customers around the world want to buy — and defying the narrative of the nation’s supposedly inevitable manufacturing decline.”
America’s competitive advantage lies not in low skilled, labor intensive activities vulnerable to off-shoring, but in manufacturing that leverages advanced skills, technologies, and creativity. To capitalize on these trends toward advanced manufacturing, America needs to draw on the same competitive advantages that fueled manufacturing growth in the past -- process improvements, product innovation, and a deep pool of skilled workers -- to thrive in a new era of global manufacturing.
Read the full reports here: Report on Advanced Manufacturing in Contra Costa County - June 2013 Job Opportunities in Advanced Manufacturing - June 2013