Manufacturing is in a tight spot. What will the next president do?
Election season is upon us – and now is the time to make sure the presidential candidates know about the importance of manufacturing job growth.
That's why the Alliance for American Manufacturing is asking people like you to ask the 2016 candidates what they would do as president to grow manufacturing jobs.
Manufacturing is hugely important to the American economy. More than 12 million Americans are employed in a manufacturing job, and many more indirectly.
These good-paying manufacturing jobs are key to a healthy middle class. It's no coincidence that the middle class is shrinking at the same time manufacturing is struggling.
Manufacturing certainly faced a tough 2015. Only 30,000 new manufacturing jobs were created last year. We still only have gained back 40 percent of the jobs lost during the Great Recession.
It's a far cry from where we hoped we would be by now. During the 2012 campaign, President Obama pledged to create 1 million new national manufacturing jobs in his second term – but only 370,000 jobs have been created.
Whoever is elected next will need to pick up the job-growing torch.