Whenever "economic development" comes up, many people talk about bringing good-paying manufacturing jobs to our area and bringing them back to America in general. Unfortunately, those jobs have been in decline for decades and much of the talk about their comeback is just, well, talk. We need to find new industries and jobs, not dream about a return to the past.
Sadly, a Maryland study shows that only about 11% of the workforce in adjoining Washington County is employed in manufacturing. With an average weekly wage of $952 in 2007, the manufacturing sector is the best paid, but as we've seen with Prowler and Rayloc in recent years, it was on the downswing even before the recession.