Manufacturing just had its best year since 2004


The stock market hit 25,000. But how is manufacturing doing? Answer: Awesome.

U.S. manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in three months, as gains in orders and production capped the strongest year for factories since 2004, the Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday…

A common refrain from companies surveyed, though, was difficulty finding highly-skilled labor, and some firms are paying higher wages to attract the workforce needed, ISM manufacturing survey committee chairman Timothy Fiore said on a conference call with reporters.

Paying higher wages…. sounds like this is great news for hard-working men and women.

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