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36 PCB007 MAGAZINE I SEPTEMBER 2019 Currently, the American worker has been the primary beneficiary of unprecedented econom- ic growth in a strong U.S. economy. Accord- ing to June's job numbers, the unemployment rate is at 3.7%, and job growth continues in an upward trend. Today, there are more job open- ings than Americans looking for work. As members of the electronics industry, we work in a quickly evolving technological field illustrated by continual change and advance- ment. We must have a workforce that is ready to meet these advancements. We are firmly committed to providing growth and opportu- nities for American workers as we plan for a future where we don't know what the jobs will be. Filling roles that don't even exist yet is a unique challenge, but it is part of the work we do on a daily basis. One year ago, the Trump administration asked business leaders to sign the Pledge to America's Workers to ensure more growth and opportunities for America's workers. IPC signed this pledge, committing to creating one- million workforce training opportunities over five years. Now, we are celebrating the early success of the President's pledge. Recently, acting SBA Administrator Chris Pilkerton traveled to the upper peninsula of Michigan to meet with Calumet Electronics, an IPC member, and one of only 200 remaining PCB manufacturers in North America. Committed to U.S. manufac- Maintaining a Strong Economy Through Workforce Development One World, One Industry by Dr. John Mitchell, IPC—ASSOCIATION CONNECTING ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES

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