HB 1170 – Washington BEST ManufacturingBill brief
Jobs, Business & Economy
Washington is 27th in the nation in the share of workforce in manufacturing. These are good paying family-wage jobs paying on average $93,000/year. Washington state’s current manufacturing workforce is 268,000, out of total non-farm workforce of 3.35 million. Washington has never set a goal for where it wants to arrive in terms of its manufacturing employment policy. This bill provides that goal and a structure to achieve the goal. If Washington adds 300,000 manufacturing jobs by 2030, we will lead the nation.