Manufacturing job loss in the Rust Belt
A detailed look at the factors that have driven away jobs in the upper Midwest shows there's not just one cause
An in-depth look at the causes and effects of job loss in the northern Ohio and southern Michigan area by the Toledo Blade newspa per finds that there isn’t one culprit for the 5,300 jobs lost in the region over the last two years. Everything from trade agreements to a weakening economy to federal policies and energy cost spikes get part of the blame from regional officials.
While there’s no single cause of the problem, there’s also not one solution. And while Ohio officials are generally praised for their effort to attract new business to the region, the area lost out on the chance to bring a Volkswagen facility to Michigan when the company decided to locate to Tennessee instead .
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.