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October 2-8, 2022: 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, Michigan created nearly 121,000 new manufacturing jobs from 2009 to 2021 — an increase of 26.0% — thus remaining the national leader in manufacturing job creation and outpacing all other states, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; 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, almost one out of every six non-farm jobs in Michigan are in the field of manufacturing, and nearly 586,000 Michiganders are directly employed in the manufacturing industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s manufacturing total output is approximately $100 billion annually, according to the National Association of Manufacturers; and,

WHEREAS, the industry is a leader in high-tech, high-skilled, and well-paid career options where average annual compensation and benefits are higher than the average across all industries; and,

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

WHEREAS, we reflect on the road 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 October 2 – October 8, 2022, as Manufacturing Week in Michigan.