NAM survey reports Americans still value strong manufacturing sector

WASHINGTON – The National Association of Manufacturer’s (NAM) Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with Deloitte, recently released the results of a survey of the American public that showed 86 percent of respondents believe that the country’s manufacturing base is “important” or “very important” to their way of life. The National Marine Manufacturers Association highlighted the study in a recent newsletter.

The study, released on Sept. 8, showed that among those polled, manufacturing was seen as the favored job creator over other aspects of the market, and seen as the second most important industry to maintaining a strong national economy. In addition, 79 percent of the survey group also felt that building a strong manufacturing sector should be a national priority.

“There is an unfortunate disconnect, however, between respondents wanting manufacturing jobs in their community and pursuing those very job opportunities for themselves,” said Emily Stover DeRocco, President of The Manufacturing Institute, according to the NMMA. “Survey results reveal that only one-third of parents would encourage their child to go into manufacturing, which translates into a major workforce pipeline issue.”

The full report can be found here: Public View on Manufacturing Report

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