17,000 New Manufacturing Jobs Created Nationwide
WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 216,000 private sector jobs were created in the United States in March. The national unemployment rate continues to decrease as our nation has seen more than 15 consecutive months of private sector job creation. In response to these new job numbers, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement:
“We’ve now seen 15 consecutive months of private sector job creation thanks to smart, pro-growth policies. But too many Ohioans are still looking for work. That’s why we’re working closely with the private sector to train American workers for new jobs, but I am concerned that a budget proposal that cuts short vital workforce development programs will send us two steps back. It is shortsighted to cut programs that help displaced workers find new jobs.”
Manufacturing employment continued to rise with more than 17,000 new manufacturing jobs created, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
As Chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and a member of the Senate Manufacturing Caucus, Brown has previously introduced a package of key legislative proposals aimed at bolstering the competiveness of U.S. manufacturers and boosting domestic manufacturing. He also serves as a member of the President’s Export Council, working to advance the National Export Initiative (NEI) and reach President Barack Obama’s goal to double exports over the next five years.
During the State Work Period last year, Brown traveled around Ohio meeting with small business owners and workers as part of his “Made in Ohio Tour.” Described as “Congress’ leading proponent of American Manufacturing,” Brown is working with the Obama Administration on the creation of a national manufacturing policy and has outlined six key areas of focus to invest in the manufacturing industry:
- Creating a business climate, through tax and health care policies, favorable to investment in manufacturing;
- Investing in the manufacturing capacity for national priorities such as clean energy and critical military equipment;
- Strengthening our component supply chains through the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP);
- Matching dislocated workers with emerging industries through sector-based workforce training strategies;
- Making the research and development tax credit permanent to lend predictability to this crucial incentive for manufacturing innovation;
- Promoting exports and defending against unfair trade.