With many cities and states moving to increase their own minimum wages while the federal level remains stubbornly stuck at $7.25 per hour, momentum seems to be building for even more states to take action on their own.
While manufacturing has made a strong comeback in many parts of the country, some of the biggest gainers among all regions in recent years include the Rust Belt, Upper Midwest and South.
One of the big concerns many may have about the manufacturing industry going forward is that it is going to continue creating jobs, but may not be able to attract enough workers to fill them.
With the manufacturing sector booming across the U.S., more companies - both here and abroad - are pushing large amounts of investment into the industry.
Manufacturing safety is - or at least should be - every factory's top priority.
As factories take on more work in this booming economy, one area of investment many will make is into forklifts and other machines that make it easier to transport heavy items or materials.
One of the most common refrains that bubble up whenever there's discussion about a higher minimum wage is that such an increase will actually be a net negative for low-paid workers.
Across the U.S., electoral results have shown a consumer preference for a higher minimum wage.
While manufacturing is hardly confined to the Rust Belt and Upper Midwest, many may be surprised to find it thriving in states not typically associated with the industry.
It's no secret that the manufacturing sector has been on the rise for the past several years, nor that it's generally seen by experts as an industry that still has plenty of room to grow.
Progressive governors in a number of state are signaling that minimum wages changes could go into effect sooner than later.
The manufacturing re-growth of the post-recession era has been a boon to many local economies, but many Americans still often think of the sector really only having a foothold in the Rust Belt and Upper Midwest.
The results of the recent election seems to have emboldened lawmakers in a number of states to finally get to work raising their minimum wages, often after years of inaction despite understanding there was an issue with low pay.
Safety - ahead of any other consideration - should be the primary focus of any manufacturing business.
Minimum wages are on the rise for many states nationwide, thanks in large part to growing public acknowledgement that the federal level just isn't enough to reasonably keep people out of poverty.
The Empire State might not be particularly well-known for its manufacturing sector, but it has long upheld a strong industry, especially upstate.
The manufacturing industry is facing a significant skills gap already, and that disparity between available workers and open jobs is only expected to keep growing in the years to come.
While there has been some concern among workers about the ways in which automation would affect them, some industry experts believe that there's little to be worried about.
When manufacturers look at the current labor landscape, they see some serious issues filling the number of open positions they already have.
Across the U.S., the manufacturing recovery has been robust, to an extent that not even some of the more optimistic experts might have predicted during the recession.
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