An estimated that 2.1 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled in the U.S. by 2030, costing the U.S. economy as much as $1 trillion. Manufacturers across the Alamo region need entry and middle level employees, but also highly skilled individuals to run advanced technology.

As manufacturers search for talent, SAMA is working with various partners including Alamo Colleges, Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, Greater: SATX (formerly the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation), SA Works and Workforce Solutions Alamo to ensure a robust pipeline of skilled workers.

The labor shortage is also exacerbated by the manufacturing industry’s aging workforce and gradual retirement of the baby boomer generation. Nearly one-fourth of the manufacturing workforce is 55 or older.

To address this issue, SAMA also supports workforce programs such as TX FAME and Alamo Academies, which are connecting local youth and building awareness of promising careers in manufacturing. Youth and young professionals get real-life, hands-on experience while developing soft and technical skills necessary for successful careers in manufacturing.

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The manufacturing industry is one of the largest sectors of the San Antonio economy.

This fast-growing sector includes aerospace and motor vehicle manufacturing.
San Antonio companies manufacture machinery, computer components, electrical equipment and more.
From furniture to food and beverage manufacturing, this sector is a major employer in the area.
If it can be made from petroleum, plastic, paper, or just about anything else, there’s a local manufacturer that does it.
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