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New Research Will Help U.S. Businesses Assess Costs Everywhere

Assess Costs Everywhere (ACE) has been recently revised with more modern, up-to-date information. ACE is a resource developed by the Office of the Chief Economist in the Department of Commerce to outline the hidden costs and risks U.S. firms need to consider when evaluating the location of manufacturing operations and supply chains. ACE was originally launched in April 2013, and we are constantly reviewing it to ensure the data and research are current.

Highlights from our newly updated research include:

Supply Chains Take on Larger Role in Manufacturing

In March, the Department of Commerce and the White House released "Supply Chain Innovation: Strengthening America's Small Manufacturers." One of the figures in that paper showed that supply chain costs, as a percentage of manufacturing shipments, have grown over the past two decades, from 52 percent in 1992 to 59 percent in 2012.1 Those percentages were gleaned from Economic Census data published every five years, and they paint an interesting picture of the growing importa

White House Supply Chain Innovation Roundtable Brings Together Manufacturers Committed to Strengthening Small Manufacturers in Domestic Supply Chains

White House Supply Chain Innovation RoundtablePost by Dr. Sue Helper

On July 9, I attended a gathering of two dozen manufacturing executives to discuss ways to improve the competitiveness of America's supply chains. This exciting event is part of the White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative that the President announced in March.

Recent Trends in Manufacturing

Since the Great Recession, manufacturing has experienced a period of growth. In our June 2014 report, Manufacturing Since the Great Recession, Ryan Noonan and I provided an overview of recent trends in manufacturing. This blog updates those facts.  What we find is that while manufacturing is still recovering, the rebound has slowed somewhat in recent months.

An Update on Temporary Help in Manufacturing

The temporary help services industry has bounced back from the recession and continues to grow.  Newly available data are enabling the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) to re-examine this important industry and update a report on the temp industry that we published last year.1 Although we don't know exactly how many temporary workers actually work in the manufacturing sector, we estimate that temps fill somewhere in the range of 8 to 10 percent of all jobs in production occupations in the manufacturing sector.2 Because temps are not counted as manu

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