Wisconsin manufacturing, part of a nationwide slump until 2003, made a stunning and robust comeback under Governor Jim Doyle, reports Manufacturers' News Inc. (MNI), the industry bible that issues impressive studies of each state.
MNI President and CEO Tom Dubin had this to say upon the release of the latest Wisconsin report:
There’s no doubt that Wisconsin has bucked the national trend of losing manufacturing jobs. While many other Midwestern states such as Illinois and Indian are losing jobs, Wisconsin has enjoyed a steady recovery from the downturn of 2001-2003.
This is consistent with the previous reports by MNI, which issued this press release on January 24, 2006:
Wisconsin manufacturing employment has made a steady comeback according to the 2006 Wisconsin Manufacturers Register, a manufacturers guide published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. Evanston, IL. This directory of manufacturers reports a gain of 11,652 jobs over the past 12 months despite the loss of 11 plants.
Wisconsin lost 21,000 manufacturing jobs between 2001 and 2003 according to the directory’s annual census. The 2006 Register describes a surprising turnaround for the Badger State. While some Midwestern states such as Minnesota and Ohio are still struggling with job losses, Wisconsin has since recovered, bringing in 15,000 manufacturing jobs over the past two years.
“Manufacturing productivity continues to outpace the gains in the rest of the economy, growing 4% a year as state manufacturers adapt their business models to utilize new technology and compete in a global economy.” said Tom Dubin, President and CEO of Manufacturers’ News, Inc.
Some thoughts about all of this:
- The folks at WMC who enjoy nothing more than demeaning Governor Doyle while lying to the state about the business climate in Wisconsin, have said nothing to their members or the public about these glowing reports.
- In Sunday's Wisconsin State Journal, Scott Klug echoed the same tired old Honda went to Indiana stuff which has been debunked repeatedly. Klug ironically went on to praise four neighboring states for gaining new manufacturing plants without mentioning that every one of them lost jobs while Wisconsin racked up impressive gains.
- In attempting to bash Governor Doyle, Klug confuses the growth of manufacturers and manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin.
- Wisconsin lost 21,000 manufacturing jobs between 2001 and 2003 according to the directory’s annual census. The 2006 Register describes a surprising turnaround for the Badger State. While some Midwestern states such as Minnesota and Ohio are still struggling with job losses, Wisconsin has since recovered, bringing in 15,000 manufacturing jobs over the past two years. but-
- The MNI Wisconsin directory of manufacturers reports a gain of 11,652 jobs over the past 12 months despite the loss of 11 plants.
In other words, Wisconsin has a net loss of manufacturing plants. but has a nation-leading increase in jobs. Here is how Wisconsin compares (all reports are for the year 2006):
- MNI's regional study shows Wisconsin ranks 10th in the nation by number of manufacturing jobs and 9th by the number of plants. The state accounts for 12% of the Midwest’s manufacturing employment, ranking it the 5th largest manufacturing employer in the region.
- For the second year in a row, Wisconsin’s industrial employment has grown, according to the 2007 Wisconsin Manufacturers Register, a manufacturers’ directory published annually by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI), Evanston, IL. MNI (http://www.manufacturersnews.com) reports the Badger State gained 9,336 jobs (1.4%) over the past 12 months, continuing the upward trend the state has enjoyed since 2004.
- MINNESOTA MANUFACTURING JOBS DOWN SLIGHTLY, REPORTS STATE INDUSTRIAL GUIDE
- INDUSTRIAL GUIDE REPORTS OHIO MANUFACTURING JOBS DOWN 32,337; PLANTS DOWN 93
- ILLINOIS GAINS PLANTS BUT LOSES MANUFACTURING JOBS, REPORTS STATE MANUFACTURING GUIDE
- STATE INDUSTRIAL GUIDE REPORTS MICHIGAN GAINS PLANTS, LOSES MANUFACTURING JOBS (I would rather live in Wisconsin with the impressive gain in jobs, not in Michigan where they have more plants but lost jobs.).
- *INDUSTRIAL DIRECTORY REPORTS INDIANA MANUFACTURING PLANTS UP 81; JOBS DOWN 1% (Mr. Klug might prefer Indiana with more plants and fewer jobs.).
- or perhaps they prefer Ohio: MANUFACTURERS' GUIDE REPORTS OHIO INDUSTRIAL JOBS DOWN 34,203.
MNI is clearly a pro-business organization; it is not an arm of the Democratic Party.
Wisconsin went head to head with five Big Ten opponents (MI, MN, IN,OH, and IL) and outscored every one of them. To focus on a single statistic (manufacturing plants) which is not the final score is about as honest as portraying punting yardage as reflective of the outcome.