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The workers and the asphalting machines

The Secret Life of Roads – and the Future of U.S. Jobs

At the end of his four-year apprenticeship, Allen Miller will hold a journeyman’s license in industrial maintenance, an associate’s degree from nearby Germanna Community College, and a certificate in “asphalt technology” issued by the Virginia Asphalt Association. He might be the model for the kind of worker the U.S. economy needs more of to succeed.

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NAFTA Refueled: What’s Next for North American Energy Trade?

Many important developments in the region’s energy market have reshaped the industry. The NAFTA renegotiation may be the chance to move closer to the goal of free trade and investment in the North American energy sector.

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A Shortage of Skilled Workers Threatens Manufacturing’s Rebound

U.S. manufacturers will create more than 3 million job openings over the next decade – but two million of these future jobs could go unfilled. “If we’re not able to ensure a skilled workforce and a steady supply of skilled workers for manufacturers in this country, then [companies will] either go out of business or be forced to look elsewhere.” – Gardner Carrick of the Manufacturing Institute

Travel Trailer Caravaning

Exporting the All-American Road Trip

Pull into a camp ground and you’ll find tremendous variety among recreational vehicles (RVs) parked there. Around eighty percent of them were made Elkhart County, Indiana. Today, less than 10 percent of U.S. RV production is exported, but the industry is finding opportunity in some surprising new markets including China, the United Arab Emirates, Korea and Thailand.

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Static Trade Laws are Careening Toward Obsolescence

In an era when who trades, what is traded, and how it’s trade are in constant flux, the only constant for international trade rules is the potential for obsolescence. Technological innovations are testing the limitations — and rationale — of the old rules.

Boston Tea Party

Trade Lessons from America’s Founders

Dear King George III: stop cutting off our trade from the rest of the world. That was among our grievances in the Declaration of Independence. The next 140 years saw U.S. tariffs rise and fall in response to the domestic preoccupation with the politics of protection.

FDI Jobs by State

Which Countries Invest and Employ the Most Workers in U.S. States?

The operations of majority-owned U.S. affiliates added $869.1 billion to the U.S. economy in 2014 and employed 6.4 million American workers. They are heavy traders as well, accounting for an astounding 26 percent of total U.S. exports of goods in 2013, and 30.3 percent of imports of goods.

FDI Employment by State

FDI in the U.S.: Who, What, Where

In our Essential on Which Countries Invest and Employ the Most Workers in U.S. States, we introduce an online resource from SelectUSA that brings together data on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States in an easy-to-use interactive tool. You can explore the inward stock of FDI in the United States by country of origin, and see which industries attract the most investment, which states are the largest destinations of foreign capital, and where jobs are being created from these investments. Foreign investment is a big contributor to the U.S. economy, adding around $870 billion in value in 2014 and employing some 6.4 million American workers. FDI also drives more than one quarter of U.S. trade. Discover more at: […]

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Industry 4.0: Trade Rules for the Internet of Things

The marriage of the physical and digital worlds has unlocked limitless economic opportunities, providing a boost to productivity and propelling us into the next industrial revolution. Policymakers will need to work to keep up by removing trade barriers that could limit the global reach of the Internet of Things.

Michele's Granola

This Tiny Program Helps Small Manufacturers Grow

The secret to the success of Michele’s Granola is more than a great product. Also instrumental was a little-known, decades-old government initiative – the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program – aimed at helping small and medium-sized manufacturers grow.