Embracing the ‘Made in the USA’ Label

by Secretary Hilda Solis on July 6, 2012 · 6 comments

Our nation’s labor market added 80,000 jobs in the month of June, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 8.2 percent.

We have seen 28 straight months of private sector job growth, during which time our economy has added back close to 4.4 million private sector jobs, with nearly one million jobs added this year. We have added an average of 150,000 private sector jobs per month in 2012, continuing at the same steady pace as last year and with jobs being created across all sectors and regions of the country. Gross domestic product growth has now been positive for 11 consecutive quarters. We remain on a path toward stable and durable growth.

Monthly Change in Total Private Employment, February 2008 - June 2012. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics Program

We continue to face headwinds from the threat of recession in Europe, our largest trading partner. Though less demand from across the ocean could present challenges for our exporters as they work to create jobs here at home, U.S. exports to the European Union in the first quarter of the year were at the highest level since 1997. Also, fortunately, there are signs that European leaders are moving away from an austerity approach and toward stabilization and growth strategies that will have a positive impact on our own recovery and ease concerns at home.

I’m encouraged by several developments here at home that will reduce uncertainty and help put more Americans back to work. Passage of a bipartisan highway bill shows Congress can work together to boost hiring in the construction sector. Approval of student loan relief will help more people finish their education and get the skills to make them employable in today’s competitive labor market. And the Supreme Court’s health care ruling will allow businesses to plan long-term strategies that will lead to more healthy workers who are critical to a healthy economy.

Employment in Major Industries Since the Employment Trough, February 2010 - June 2012. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics Program

This administration continues to work to promote the return of good jobs back to American communities. As wages spike in countries like China, more companies are discovering a cost advantage of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States. That’s why it’s so important for Congress to encourage this in-sourcing trend and pass legislation to provide incentives for companies to bring jobs home and embrace the ‘Made in the USA’ label.

While the private sector is creating jobs and corporate profits have never been higher, a big drag on our economy is the continued layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers. We should embrace the president’s proposal to put these Americans back to work, while giving additional tax cuts to small businesses that are key contributors to job creation.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Gaspard Dakora July 6, 2012 at 6:05 pm

It is indeed imperative to possess enough knowledge on embracing made in USA label. Great posts, please keep it up!

2 Clark Heintz Tools & Equipment LLC July 9, 2012 at 11:36 am

As a small business owner, and dealer of automotive equipment, we have found that promoting the products we carry that are made on American soil as “Made in the USA” products is a huge factor for customers in that they want to support US-based manufacturing. The best thing we can do as a country right now is keep the manufacturing here at home. Regardless of upfront cost, it’s the only way to promote a healthy economy. We need more jobs and this is the way to do it.

3 Website Start Up Help July 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

Wow I had no idea or economy was moving in this direction. I also think that american and all companies in general, seem to be leaning towards a more “global” mindset, which has both its advantages and disadvantages.

4 Dental Assistant July 9, 2012 at 5:53 pm

The loss of manufacturing jobs in the USA has been mainly low-value goods. American manufacturing in high tech and high-value goods is still strong. Productivity in those jobs is up. Rising costs overseas are making it easier to see the value of keeping production here.

5 Datamatics Management Services July 13, 2012 at 11:39 am

Thank you, Secretary Solis, for sharing this optimistic data on the American economy. As s a workforce management/time & attendance software company with many manufacturing clients across the United States, we’re happy to report that these clients have had an excellent 2012 so far—there has been substantial growth in the number of new employees they have entered into our systems. We hope the policies that support the “Made in the USA” label continue and commend the job the USDOL has done to level the playing field for all employers.

6 RedWhiteBlue July 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Adding jobs is critical. We should show support for everyone that is creating and sustaining jobs here in America. One way to do so is to support companies making products in the USA. Many other sites and services are shedding the light on these companies.

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