The National Association of Manufacturer‘s (NAM) Outlook Survey for the first quarter of 2019 shows record high optimism in the manufacturing industry.
At 91.8%, the optimism index reached record highs. Compared to 2015-2016, the index is up over 23%.
Manufacturing in the United States is on the rise, and manufacturers are confident about the future. Empowered by tax reform and regulatory certainty, manufacturers are investing in our communities and in our people. But to keep up this momentum, we have to get serious about infrastructure investment and attracting, recruiting and training our people for the high-tech, high-paying modern manufacturing jobs of today and tomorrow.
Jay Timmons, NAM President and CEO
The survey findings cover both company attitudes and outlooks, but also the major challenges and concerns facing the manufacturing industry, including workforce issues and trade relations worries. You can view the summary here.