The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently announced that manufacturing has been creating exports, stimulating domestic and global trade, generating high-paying skilled jobs and strengthening Florida’s economy, providing $40 billion annually and indisputably driving the state’s economic recovery.
The Chamber said earlier this week that for every 10 jobs created in manufacturing, 12 additional positions are generated in transportation, warehousing, and retail — plus eight more in business services — together resulting in $41.5 billion’s worth of positive impact to Florida’s GDP.
According to a recent Deloitte study, 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will be needed by 2025. In order for students to hone the appropriate skills needed to fill those positions, the Chamber points to its own research highlighting the need for STEM education and technical training: to enable “Florida’s future workforce to compete in a global economy.”
“The impact of manufacturing on Florida’s global economy is significant,” said Mark Wilson, president and CEO of the Florida Chamber.
Because October is Manufacturing Month, the Chamber encourages citizens to support Florida’s 18,200 manufacturers.
The Florida Chamber not only supports its partners at the Manufacturers Association of Florida, but has also long been a longtime supporter of eliminating the sales tax on manufacturing equipment. The Chamber believes that Florida’s manufacturers need a more enduring solution and will continue to champion eliminating this tax permanently.