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Treasury Proposal Threatens Family-Owned Businesses
The biggest economic news last week was also the most predictable. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) left short-term interest rates unchanged at the conclusion of its September 20–21 meeting as expected.
September 26, 2016
The NAM released its second quarter 2016 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey showing that the sector continued to reflect concerns over continuing economic challenges.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) achieves a top goal of manufacturers in the United
States—it eliminates all foreign tariffs on U.S.-manufactured
More than 90 percent of the National Association of Manufacturers’ 14,000 members are small to medium-sized businesses.
This issue features articles about addressing the skills gap as well as insights from NAM's senior leadership, best practices and ask a lawyer.
Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in U.S. trade agreements have important and positive benefits for sustaining and growing manufacturing in the United States.
In the most recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy—up from $1.70 trillion in the second quarter of 2009.
The vast majority of manufacturing firms in the United States are quite small. In the most recent data, there were 256,363 firms in the manufacturing sector, with all but 3,626 firms considered to be small (e.g., having fewer than 500 employees).
There are 12.33 million manufacturing workers in the United States, accounting for 9 percent of the workforce. In addition, manufacturing supports an estimated 18.5 million jobs in the United States—about one in six private-sector jobs.
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GOAL #1Attract Investment
GOAL #2Lead Innovation
GOAL #3Expand Global Market Access
GOAL #4Develop 21st Century Workforce
Manufacturers—and all Americans—need a vision that advances the principles of free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity and thereby empowers manufacturing.
The four goals laid out in NAM's Manufacturing Vision do just that.