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Advanced Manufacturing Shows Future Job Growth in the Sacramento Capital Region  

SACRAMENTO, CA – The advanced manufacturing sector directly and indirectly employs more than 42,000 in the six-county Sacramento Capital Region and contributed more than $12.4 billion in economic output in 2014, according to a new report released today by Valley Vision, the region’s civic leadership organization. 

The Advanced Manufacturing Cluster: Workforce Needs Assessment is the first of six reports to be released by Valley Vision that updates economic data for the high growth business clusters originally identified in the Next Economy Action Plan, which was adopted by over 20 local governments and dozens of business groups three years ago. 

The new research was funded through a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and is being executed by Valley Vision, Los Rios Center of Excellence, and Burris Service Group. In December 2013, JPMorgan Chase launched a $250 million, five-year workforce readiness initiative – New Skills at Work — to help close the skill gaps in sectors where employers struggle to fill vacancies and to assist job seekers to access the education and training required for those positions. A key component of the program is focused on research that provides actionable data to better understand the dynamics of labor markets. 

“JPMorgan Chase is pleased to be part of the task force in Sacramento that is aiming to train people for today’s jobs,” said Kari Decker, JPMorgan Chase Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility for the Western Region. “We made this investment because, again and again, our business clients from around the globe, and locally here in the Sacramento region, have been telling us that they’re struggling to find job applicants with the skills they need to fill their positions. This is especially true for middle-skill jobs such as computer technology, nursing and advanced manufacturing. By building a bridge between employers, job seekers, educators and training providers, we believe the skills gap can be closed, resulting in greater economic opportunity and prosperity for all.”

The new findings show the Advanced Manufacturing cluster had more than 16,000 direct jobs in 2014, representing 42% of all manufacturing in the region. With several subsectors, the cluster’s competitive advantage lies within the transportation and machinery subsectors. The region shed nearly 1,800 jobs during the peak of the recession, but started rebounding in 2010. By 2019, the cluster is projected to add as many as 755 new jobs overall, but an examination of total job openings (new and replacement jobs including due to retirements) shows advanced manufacturing is projected to add more than 2,500 jobs across 15 high-demand occupations. 

Advanced Manufacturing is a high value cluster for the region with a large multiplier effect, meaning the cluster directly and indirectly benefits the overall economy. The cluster contributed more than $12.4 billion in economic impact in 2014, and employs roughly 42,000 in this region.

During a recent forum at Sierra College, industry experts, economic developers, workforce agencies, and educational and training institutions reviewed the report findings and provided additional input on high priority skills gaps and regional assets. A panel of cluster employers identified workforce challenges such as an aging workforce, not enough supply of skilled workers to fill open positions, millennials wanting to work in “cool” high paying companies such as tech firms, and current applicants having no hands-on experience as engineers. The information gathered from this and upcoming cluster forums will be prioritized to create a regional workforce action plan, which will be released in May 2016 at a major workforce summit.

Additional reports in Life Sciences and Health Services, Informational and Communication Technologies, Education and Knowledge Creation, Food and Agriculture and Clean Economy will be rolled out sequentially throughout the first half of 2016. The Advanced Manufacturing cluster report, along with the other forthcoming cluster reports, can be found on the Valley Vision Website by clicking www.valleyvision.org. The information gathered from this and upcoming cluster forums will be prioritized to create a regional workforce action plan, which will be released in May 2016 at a major workforce summit.

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About JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. The firm uses its global resources, expertise, insights and scale to address some of the most urgent challenges facing communities around the world including the need for increased economic opportunity. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at www.jpmorganchase.com.

Now celebrating its 22nd year, Valley Vision is a civic leadership organization that provides independent research and leadership support for break-through initiatives that improve the region’s economic, social, and environmental vitality. 

The Los Rios Community College District’s Center of Excellence, in partnership with business and industry, delivers regional workforce research and labor market trends to help northern California’s 15 community colleges respond through program changes and grants.

The Burris Service Group (BSG) is a full-service economic development-consulting firm founded by Bob Burris in 2015.  BSG provides research and advisory services in economic development, management, strategy and real estate for public agencies and institutions, private companies and non-profit organizations.

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