Infrastructure Investment Creates American Jobs

By Lukas Brun; G. Jason Jolley, Ph.D.; Andrew Hull; Stacey Frederick, Ph.D.

A piecemeal federal policy approach to investing in the nation’s decaying transportation infrastructure has cost America over 900,000 jobs – specifically, more than 97,000 manufacturing jobs – and is creating a significant drag on the economy.

The Takeaways

  1. The United States boasts the world’s largest stock of transportation infrastructure, as measured by combined bridges, airports, seaports and miles of road, rail, pipeline and inland waterways.

  2. But old and broken infrastructure makes the U.S. less competitive than many of its major trading partners, and makes manufacturers less efficient in getting goods to market.

  3. Underinvestment in infrastructure has cost America over 900,000 jobs, including 97,000 manufacturing jobs.

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