“Advanced Manufacturing in the United States” examines advanced manufacturing across the nation. The report was prepared by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) in cooperation with Conexus Indiana, the state's advanced manufacturing initiative.
Data show that nationally STEM (science, technology, engineering and Mathematics) and white-collar jobs are growing in the advanced manufacturing sector, while blue-collar occupations have declined.
“These data underscore the importance of talent development efforts with a focus on educational attainment,” says Michael Hicks, CBER director. “In the long run, a well-educated and ready workforce matters more than any other single factor in the health of advanced manufacturing firms.”
Advanced manufacturing is defined by the Brookings Institution as an industry sector with high levels of STEM-related occupations and research and development investment. Using Brookings Institution’s definition, CBER looked at each state’s advanced manufacturing employment as a share of total manufacturing employment in 2013. States with more than a 50% share of advanced manufacturing includes Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico, West Virginia and Wyoming. States with less than a 30% share were Alaska, Arkansas and Hawaii.
CBER also prepared the 2016 Manufacturing and Logistics Report, prepared by Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) for Conexus Indiana. The report grades each state for manufacturing and logistics and shows how each state ranks among its peers in several categories of particular interest to
site selection experts for manufacturing. States getting an "A" were Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky Michigan and South Carolina. States getting an "F" were Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada and New Mexico.
Both reports are available at http://conexus.cberdata.org/