Smart policy needed for ongoing jobs recovery
The manufacturing sector gained 6,000 jobs in April, according to the latest employment data from the Labor Department. Overall, factory growth slowed despite minor growth in automotive jobs.
Said Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul:
"Over the past five months, manufacturing has added over 70,000 jobs, but indicators like slowing U.S. factory activity growth suggest that we still need to lay more tracks for the future.
"If we're to keep moving forward, we must bring back production through tax reform that promotes exports and domestic manufacturing, invest in infrastructure with strong Buy America preferences, and actively push back against China and its anti-competitive practices.
"Only meaningful action will restore some of America's lost factory jobs. Announcements and press releases may look great on the surface, but if the administration and companies like Apple and Walmart want to fundamentally alter the future of domestic manufacturing, they'll have to rise above the rhetoric and actually bring production jobs home."