The number of manufacturing job losses continues to pile up,
with 6,000 jobs lost last month.
According to Scott Paul of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, the 6,000
jobs lost in June brings to 20,000 the number of manufacturing job
losses just over the last four months.
During the 2012 campaign, President Obama set a goal of creating
one million new manufacturing jobs in his second term.
"Obviously, that goal is moving further and further away, and
we're not making progress towards it," says Paul.
"I thought it was a very achievable goal, and I think there is a
bipartisan group in Congress who believes in manufacturing," adds
Paul. "But so far it seems to be much more of a campaign promise
than any sort of a policy."
Paul adds that it will take at least 23,000 manufacturing jobs
created each month for the rest of the term to achieve one million
jobs. To do that, Paul says the U.S. needs a manufacturing
"We don't have a strategy and we haven't seen a strategy come
out, a real one from the administration or from Congress, either
the Democratic Senate or the Republican House," says Paul. "There
is a lot of lip service."
Meanwhile, at a time in which lawmakers on both sides of the
aisle are pushing for more advanced degrees and technology, Paul
points out that the manufacturing sector is the leading buyer of
technology in the United States.
Fast-food workers are continuing their push for better pay, though an analyst says the industry has few adults making burger flipping a career.