The Culture of Business
A new study released by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Manufacturing Association has some staggering numbers:
The manufacturing industry pumped $22.5 billion into the San Antonio economy last year, maintaining its place as the city’s third most powerful economic engine, according to a new report released today.
At 51,025, the industry’s current workforce has shrunk slightly from 52,786 in 2006, the last time professors Richard Butler and Mary Stefl of Trinity University conducted a similar study. However, the total wages and salaries that workers collected grew from $2.19 billion to $2.42 billion — a 10 percent boost between 2006 and 2011.
Manufacturing employment hit a five-year low at 47,525 in 2009.
“Manufacturing employment has remained relatively constant over the last five years, regaining much of the losses attributed to the recession,” reads the report, which the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and San Antonio Manufacturers Association released today.
“Of greater significance than the overall headcount is the steady evolution of manufacturing job opportunities away from low-skill sectors of the economy and toward high-skill, high-tech sectors,” the report continues. “This has resulted in significant wage gains as manufacturing has evolved to meet the increased technology demands of the industry.”
The typical manufacturing employee in San Antonio earns an average $47,499 — 11 percent above the average salary earned by all workers in the city, according to the report. Workers in the materials and electricity sector of the industry took home the greatest average salary at $52,686.
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Just In Time SA is a 90-day training program that provides training for Skilled Assembly & Production Operations Technicians and Machinists (including CNC).
Tuition, books and fees are FULLY PAID for qualifying students. Upon completion of the program, interviews and job placement with industry employers from the San Antonio Manufacturing Association will occur.
The program is open to potential students with the following qualifications:
• Dislocated Workers
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