October is “Careers in Manufacturing Month,” Gov. Jay Inslee recently announced in a proclamation.

The announcement brings together the Association of Washington Business, the state’s WorkSource career center system, and the Washington Employment Security Department to highlight the manufacturing sector and help connect employees with employers in the industry.

“I’m always inspired by the men and women I meet who are helping build and assemble the technologies and products being sold around the world,” Inslee said. “There are so many career opportunities for our young people in manufacturing, and we’re working hard to make sure they have the training and education to keep this sector strong.”

According to the Employment Security Department, more than 280,000 state residents work in the manufacturing sector, an industry that accounted for $58.7 billion in economic output last year.

The average yearly manufacturing salary is $76,300, according to the department, a number 23 percent higher than the state’s average annual wage.

“It’s a great time for job seekers looking for good-paying, hands-on jobs that support families and communities across Washington state,” said Association of Washington Business President Kris Johnson. “I’m pleased to partner with the Employment Security Department, WorkSource and the governor to highlight today’s ‘new-collar’ manufacturing careers throughout October and to share the many careers available in the sector.”

For more information about Washington’s manufacturing jobs, visit worksourcewa.com.