Manufacturing in Pennsylvania to be supported by local government

August 27, 2012

The need for skilled workers in production-based jobs is not an issue that has been lost on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, as his administration has taken key steps to foster a manufacturing renaissance in his state.

According to an article in the Plymouth-Whitemarsh Patch, the efforts of the current administration in Pennsylvania are helping to provide companies with skilled workers for more technical jobs, as Corbett's Manufacturing Advisory Council outlined recommendations for how the Commonwealth can emerge as a leader in the industry once again.

Written by Dr. Karen A. Stout, the president of Montgomery County Community College, and several of her colleagues, the article outlines how the state is returning to its roots, as manufacturing was the cornerstone on which the Pennsylvania economy was built.

The cornerstone of any industry is an educational framework that helps companies adjust to any changes in technology, new innovations and an adoption of business strategy by firms that are struggling to keep up.

According to the article, a previous report from the council found that 82 percent of manufacturers perceive a serious to moderate skill gap in their employees, and 74 percent of these firms have noted that this disparity has impacted the ability of the business to grow.

This problem has been exacerbated by a perceived lack of confidence in the long-term stability of U.S. manufacturing employment, as many people are not willing to undergo training for a job that they think may not exist by the time they are through with their education.

While some of these fears may be legitimate, due to the uncertain state of the global economy, the need for skilled workers is preventing the sector from establishing itself as a world leader.

Though U.S. manufacturers have had some slight setbacks, the overall trend has proved to be positive, especially when considering the state of euro zone and Chinese manufacturing.

The Associated Press reported that overall orders for durable goods rose a seasonally adjusted 4.2 percent in July, but despite the good news many economists noted that it was not positive enough.

This type of mixed sentiment has arisen out of the recent success that has been seen in the U.S. sector, as expectations have been much higher since firms posted gains for several years following the 2008 financial collapse.