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Manufacturing Cluster Drill-Down

A Drill-Down Report on Innovation, Workforce, and Infrastructure

Manufacturing has long been a cornerstone of the regional economy, helping metropolitan Chicago become the economic power that it is today. Even in this era of worldwide sourcing, manufacturing remains a vital element of the region's economic health.

CMAP's Manufacturing Drill-Down report explores how manufacturing in metropolitan Chicago has transformed in response to a globalized economy. The report identifies infrastructure, workforce, and innovation challenges and opportunities central to future cluster growth and concludes with clear steps the region can take to support manufacturing in the region. As a part of its research, CMAP developed several tools to illustrate the changing needs of the cluster. Read more in the press release.

Advanced Manufacturing Scorecard

Looking forward, metropolitan Chicago can best compete in the 21st Century economy through manufacturing that capitalizes on regional strengths. CMAP's Advanced Manufacturing Scorecard ranks the cluster's nine core manufacturing industries across product, process, and people metrics to show which industries best reflect advanced manufacturing characteristics.

Occupational Analysis

Below the industry's advanced manufacturing scorecard, a second graphic provides a closer look at the occupations within that industry. This graphic builds off the people indicator to illustrate the skills and training levels required for the industry's top 20 occupations. In the left-hand column are data on the size of the workforce and the median salaries for the top five occupations in that industry.

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