Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray told the group he wants to see manufacturing return as the third largest employment sector in the state. “The question is are we ready for it? Are we training and educating people,” he said.
Manufacturing jobs totaled 250,656 in the first quarter of 2012; health care and social assistance jobs topped the list with 515,047 and the retail trade came in second with 343,312 jobs; Professional and technical services jobs totaled 260,791 and accommodation and food services had 252,280 jobs, according to figures from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.