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October to Highlight Importance of Manufacturing
Manufacturing has long been one of the economic backbones of Wisconsin and our state is highlighting this by recognizing October as Manufacturing Month.  The Department of Workforce Development (DWD), partnering with other state agencies, will hold events around the state to bring awareness to this leading industry.  Manufacturing remains a top industry in our state and currently employs 450,000 workers in 9,400 businesses.  These jobs provide an average income of $52,000 per year, 25% more than the average of all other private sector workers.  Wisconsin recently ranked in the top five states for manufacturing by CNBC.

The fall legislative agenda includes a bipartisan jobs package seeking to further increase the manufacturing economy in Wisconsin.  I am introducing two of the bills included in the package, which would provide additional funding for youth apprenticeship programs and tuition reimbursement for apprentices and employers.  The 2013-15 state budget already includes an investment of $100 million for worker training.  These initiatives will help close the skills gap in the manufacturing industry and foster additional job growth in manufacturing.  For more information regarding events around the state, visit DWD’s website at