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September 26 - October 2, 2021: Manufacturing Week

WHEREAS, Michigan is home to a diverse manufacturing sector that includes transportation, machinery, alternative energy, food and beverage, computer and electrical products, furniture, bioscience, chemical, defense-related manufacturing, and many others; and,


WHEREAS, manufacturing represents the largest sector of the Michigan economy, with about one-fifth of Michigan's gross state product, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis; and,


WHEREAS, one out of every seven non-farm jobs in Michigan is in the field of manufacturing, and 626,000 Michiganders are directly employed in the manufacturing industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and,


WHEREAS, over 11,386 unique manufacturing firms are located in the Great Lakes State, according to the National Association of Manufacturing, and Michigan's manufacturing total output exceeds $98.64 billion annually; and,


WHEREAS, Michigan has created more than 162,000 new manufacturing jobs in the last 11 years - an increase of 42.8% - thus remaining the national leader in manufacturing job creation and outpacing all other states, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and,


WHEREAS, the industry should be recognized for its high-tech, high-skilled, and well-paid career options - careers where average annual compensation and benefits are higher than the average across all industries; and,


WHEREAS, during this week, the nation looks to highlight the positive image and abundance of career opportunities in manufacturing; and,


WHEREAS, we should reflect on the road that Michigan has traveled as a manufacturing state and the bright future that lies ahead, while applauding the innovation, determination, and creativity of our state's manufacturing sector;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim September 26 - October 2, 2021, as Manufacturing Week in Michigan.