Future May Be Bright for the Manufacturing Industry in the Bowling Green Area

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- During last night's State of the Union address, President Obama made calls to action on numerous fronts, including job creation.

"Budget compromise should leave us freer to focus on creating new jobs, not creating new crises," said President Obama.

Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce officials say the results of a recent study conducted by the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, should give those in the manufacturing industry here hope that employers in their industry are doing just that.

"About 55 percent (of manufacturers), which is about eleven percent over last year's numbers, will hire between one and 19 people this year," said Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ron Bunch.

Bunch says nationally, manufacturing jobs come with a higher average wage than other fields.

"Manufacturing overall is looking for more skilled personnel verses unskilled in the past. There are fantastic careers in manufacturing and one can make a very nice living," said Bunch.

Bunch says for every new manufacturing job created, 1.7 others will also be created as a result of that new job.

"I think it was the University of Louisville that did a study between 200 and 2010 and found that Warren County created more net new jobs than any county in Kentucky," said Bunch.

That growth is a trend he sees continuing.

"In 2016, we're going to need to fill 4,500 new jobs, which is a huge number. Now is the time is you've ever been interested in exploring a career in manufacturing, now is the time to get in, get some additional training, get certified, and get into the pool, because we're going to be helping our companies find those talented workforce folks to go to work for them," said Bunch.

Bunch says by 2020, manufacturers in our area will need to fill a total of 9,000 jobs. He also says the growth of the manufacturing industry in Warren County helps keep its unemployment rate, which currently sits at 6.4 percent, at about one-percent lower than the state's unemployment rate.

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