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Wisconsin's 6th District leads in manufacturing

House Education and the Workforce Committee member, Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, as House and Senate negotiators try to resolve competing versions of a rewrite to the No Child Left Behind education law. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Published Nov. 27, 2015

The statement

Wisconsin's 6th congressional "district has more manufacturing jobs than almost any other" in the nation.

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., Oct. 30 in an interview

The ruling

In making the transition from state lawmaker to a U.S. congressman, Republican Glenn Grothman has learned a few things about national issues — and his new district.

With about 710,000 residents, Wisconsin's 6th District is on the state's east side, north of Milwaukee, taking in Oshkosh and Manitowoc.

One tidbit he picked up: "This district has more manufacturing jobs than almost any other" in the nation. That claim caught our attention.

Is Grothman right?

He pointed us to a January 2015 report from the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute on the importance of manufacturing jobs.

According to the report, which builds on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

• Wisconsin is the nation's No. 2 state in percentage of total employment, which are manufacturing jobs, behind Indiana. The report said that as of 2013, there were 458,400 manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin, about 16.3 percent of the state workforce.

• The 6th District has about 80,000 manufacturing jobs out of a workforce of 353,700. That's a share of 22.6 percent, putting it third, behind two districts in Indiana — one in the far northeast corner and the other in the north western portion of the state.

• The 6th District is No. 1 in terms of total manufacturing employment, followed by the 3rd District in Indiana, which has 76,200.

• Four Wisconsin congressional districts (the 1st, 5th 6th, and 8th) are in the top 11 nationally, in terms of manufacturing jobs as a share of total employment.

All are represented in the House by Republicans. The 1st is in the southern and eastern part of the state, represented by Paul Ryan; the 5th, represented by Jim Sensenbrenner, includes suburban counties north and west of Milwaukee; the 6th is represented by Grothman; and the 8th is in northeastern Wisconsin, represented by Reid Ribble.

Grothman said the 6th District has more manufacturing jobs than almost any other in the nation. He's right both in terms of the percentage of jobs in manufacturing (third) and the raw number (first).

We rate the statement True.

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