The Baton Rouge metro area manufacturers paid workers an average of $68,522 per year in 2010, good for the No. 20 spot in a new Brookings Institution report on trends in manufacturing in the United States’ 100 largest cities.
The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., area ranked first, with average pay of $144,899 a year.
Baton Rouge manufacturing is anchored by the production of highly specialized chemicals, the report says.
The report found that U.S. manufacturing remains a source of good-paying jobs that are mainly located in metropolitan areas. The report also found that the long-term migration of manufacturing to the South ended in the last decade.
The report says that the United States needs a national policy that encourages the kind of advanced manufacturing that employs skilled and well-paid workers, and creates innovative products and process.
“We have an opportunity, a ‘manufacturing moment,’ if we get this right,” Howard Wial, a Brookings fellow and co-author of the report, said in a news release. “There has been a lot of theorizing in recent years that manufacturing is basically the same across the country, and this sector no longer matters so much to the economy. Our research shows that’s not the case. Manufacturing is a major source of innovation and good-paying jobs and drives economic growth.”