In 2011 manufacturing employment increased for the first time in more than a decade, with annual average employment rising by 205,000 jobs. Unfortunately, women did not share in these gains. In fact, between 2010 and 2011 men’s annual average employment in manufacturing increased by 230,000 jobs while women’s dropped by 25,000 jobs.
As policy makers focus on promoting manufacturing employment in the U.S., they should ensure that women share in this growth by 1) investing in job training programs that prepare women for highly-skilled and high-paying jobs and 2) ensuring that women’s opportunities in this field are not hampered by discrimination or other barriers.
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