Why manufacturing matters
2012 Manufacturing Sector | (5.9MB pdf)
This report from the Value of Jobs Coalition examines the positive impact a healthy manufacturing sector has on wages and benefits for Portland-metro workers and their families.
Like previous research, the goal of this report is to inform policy-makers and the public about our regionís economic challenges and point out opportunities where we can improve our quality of life through private-sector job creation and retention and better wages.
Our coalitionís previous studies highlighted the important role of international trade and traded-sector industries in helping to grow private-sector jobs and increase wages. Previous studies also showed how increasing wages and job growth translate into a healthier public sector with better schools, livable neighborhoods and greater social equity.
This study looks at one critical part of the traded-sector economy ó manufacturing. Although traded-sector services are of growing importance, the production of traded-sector goods (i.e., manufacturing) is still the backbone of Portland-metroís traded-sector employment. This report shows that a strong manufacturing sector translates into higher incomes and significantly better health and retirement benefits for Portland-metro workers in manufacturing careers.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Rank of Oregon as a manufacturing location by the American Institute for Economic Research in 2011.
Rank of Portland-metro in percentage of jobs in manufacturing.
Percentage of Portland-metro manufacturing specialized in high-tech sector Ė twice the U.S. average.
Value in dollars of Portland-metroís manufacturing sector output in 2010.
Number of employees in average Portland-metro manufacturing plant.
Percentage by which manufacturing wages and salaries exceed those of non-manufacturing jobs.
Percentage more in wages a non-white manufacturing worker earns compared to a non-white, non-manufacturing worker.
Percentage by which manufacturing benefits exceed those of non-manufacturing jobs.