Manufacturing wages aren't keeping pace with growth

Posted by scapozzola on 05/30/2012

As we reported yesterday, lower pay for U.S. manufacturing workers may be helping to bring some operations back to the U.S.  Wages in China are on the rise, which has made outsourcing a somewhat less attractive option.

However, in Huffington Post, Harry Bradford says that while U.S. manufacturing output has increased 13% over the past five years, wages for manufacturing workers remain below 2009 levels and are actually closer to the level they were in 2000.

This is unfortunate since more and more U.S. manufacturing jobs are in high-tech, high-skilled positions.

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) has continually urged more investment in workforce training in order for the U.S. to meet the competitive technical needs of the 21st Century.  Along with a skilled workforce, though, should be good pay to reward and encourage such skills.

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