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Making stuff: NH manufacturing increases

October 15. 2017 9:11PM

There’s good, if modest, news for New Hampshire manufacturing.

The latest state economic forecast projects a net gain in manufacturing jobs across the Granite State, though not nearly enough to replace the nearly 10,000 manufacturing jobs we’ve lost over the past decade.

In New Hampshire, and across the world, fewer workers are making more stuff. Productivity has cut into the manufacturing workforce far more deeply than trade alone.

Demand for skilled labor is there, with more than 1,600 manufacturing positions open in New Hampshire. New Hampshire universities, community colleges, and high schools should target those openings, and give students an affordable path to lucrative and rewarding careers.

Our economy is constantly changing. New technology wipes out entire industries. Productivity gains create wealth for most of us, while leaving displaced workers in the lurch.

The next wave of manufacturing jobs will require workers who can adapt to quickly evolving demands. There are good jobs out there, if we are willing to embrace the high-tech manufacturing future.

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