Since the latest recession, Michigan has almost fully recovered the majority of the manufacturing jobs it lost. Yet, University of Michigan economists are predicting that these jobs may not last long, and Michigan will continue to see a steady decline of manufacturing jobs over the next decade. However, these lost manufacturing jobs have the potential to be offset by stronger, sustained growth in the construction industry.
The renewed focus on American energy production and infrastructure – from helping natural gas and oil to renewables – is helping to make manufacturing in Michigan more competitive, while at the same time giving families continued access to reliable and affordable energy. To highlight this, Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), the Michigan Laborers’ Training and Apprenticeship Institute (MLTAI), the Laborers’ Internation Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 355, and Battle Creek Unlimited, recently put together the “Fueling Michigan’s Future,” an energy forum in Battle Creek that highlighted the relationship between energy, manufacturing, and jobs, and how these three continue to help grow Michigan’s economy.
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