As National Unemployment Rate Falls, Brown Urges Continued Investment in Manufacturing Job Creation in Ohio

Senator: Imperative that Congress Focus on Legislation that Puts Ohioans Back to Work

Unemployment rate decreasing at faster rate; 49,000 New Manufacturing Jobs Nationwide in January

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 49,000 new manufacturing jobs were added in the United States in January. The national unemployment rate decreased to 9 percent in January, and our nation has seen more than 11 consecutive months in a row 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 11 consecutive months of private sector job creation, but there is still more to be done. While the unemployment rate continues to fall nationwide, nine percent is still too high.  That’s why we must heed America’s call to out-compete and out-innovate when it comes to making the goods and producing the technology used throughout the world.”

“But the challenge of sustaining our economic growth presents a real opportunity for Congress to refocus its attention on job creation. In order to continue to unleash the potential of Ohio workers, we must support Ohio manufacturers by ensuring they have access to credit and a skilled workforce needed for the jobs of the 21st century. The latest employment figures are good news for our economy, but also a reminder that we must do more to bring Ohioans back to work and restore American manufacturing.”

Brown, a leading Senate advocate for American manufacturing, earlier announced plans to reintroduce the SECTORS Act, a critical bill to train workers for skilled jobs in emerging industries like clean energy.

The SECTORS Act addresses the disparity between high unemployment rates and a shortage of skilled workers for many emerging industries by providing grants for sector partnerships among institutions of higher education, industry, organized labor, and workforce board. These partnerships would create customized solutions for specific industries at the regional level. A sector approach can focus on the dual goals of promoting the long-term competitiveness of industries and advancing employment opportunities for workers.

The SECTORS Act would organize stakeholders connected to a regional industry – multiple firms, unions, education and training providers, and local workforce and education system administrators – to develop plans for growing that industry.

As Chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Economic Policy 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 five 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.


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