On One Year Anniversary, Cantwell Says CHIPS and Science Act Seeding US Manufacturing, Innovation Resurgence

August 9, 2023

US is expected to add nearly 50,000 jobs through CHIPS and Science Act Investments

As a chief architect of the CHIPS and Science Act, today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, celebrated the one-year anniversary of the law designed to spur American manufacturing, research and development, create thousands of jobs and build a highly-trained workforce. The law authorized nearly $250 billion—one of the largest five-year federal research and development investments in U.S. history. The United States has received commitments worth $230 billion to build and expand semiconductor manufacturing from private investments.  

“Over the last year, the landmark CHIPS and Science Act seeded a resurgence of American manufacturing, innovation, and entrepreneurship. More than $230 billion invested in domestic semiconductor manufacturing is creating thousands of good-paying jobs,” said Senator Cantwell. “But our nation is facing a shortage of skilled workers to meet this demand—a gap of 60,000 STEM workers by 2026 in the State of Washington alone—so we must also invest in education, apprenticeships, and training programs.”

Since Senator Cantwell’s CHIPS and Science Act became law:

  • More than 50 new semiconductor projects have been announced across the United States, including four in the Pacific Northwest.
  • About 44,000 new high-quality jobs were announced as part of these new projects, including at least 2,880 in the Pacific Northwest.
  • The University of Washington received $10 million to train semiconductor workers as part of the U.S.-Japan University Partnership for Workforce Advancement and Research & Development in Semiconductors (UPWARDS) for the Future. The grant was awarded through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, one of Senator Cantwell's priorities in the Act.
  • Four new National Science Foundation Regional Innovation Engines in the Pacific Northwest have been selected for funding for further development, built on strong collaborations between Washington, Oregon and Idaho organizations. Each NSF Engine is a collaboration between local institutions such as universities, nonprofits and businesses to drive technology innovation and commercialization in key technology areas like semiconductors or to address pressing national challenges like environmental sustainability or access to education. 

In the next year, the Department of Commerce will be accepting more funding applications for semiconductor manufacturers to build National Science Foundation Regional Innovation Engines and Department of Commerce Regional Technology Hubs that will promote regional economic development by encouraging collaboration between university research centers, businesses, labor and economic development organizations.


invest.gov to see the private companies that have announced new manufacturing sites since this resurgence.
Orange semiconductor locations are eligible for CHIPS opportunities.

The United States only produces about 10 percent of the world’s semiconductor supply—and none of the most advanced chips. During the pandemic, a global chip shortage caused supply chain woes, higher costs and threatened America’s global competition. Senator Cantwell highlighted how consumers in Washington state felt the impacts of the chip shortage when used car prices spiked 40%.

According to the Semiconductor Industry Association, the chip pipeline employs more than 250,000 workers in the United States and supports nearly 1.8 million additional American jobs. By 2030, the sector is expected to add nearly 115,000 new chip jobs – but the United States is predicted to have a shortage of 67,000 workers to fill them. While the State of Washington has the second highest concentration of STEM jobs in the nation—adding more than 6,000 new computer science-related jobs every year—the state graduates about one-half as many bachelor’s degrees in these fields. According to a report by Washington STEM, by 2026, the state will have a gap of approximately 60,000 STEM workers.

The State of Washington has hundreds of apprenticeship programs and centers of excellence that connect students with job training without needing traditional four-year degrees, from industries like aviation and trades to semiconductor chip design and manufacturing.

The CHIPS and Science Act addresses these issues through:

  • Manufacturing More in America: Investing $52 billion over five years to support semiconductor manufacturers, attract major companies to build in the United States and protect our American supply chains from future shortages.
  • Creating Jobs and Educating and Training More Americans for STEM Careers: Investing $13 billion in STEM education and technical training programs to train more Americans for good-paying careers. The law also includes nearly $2 billion for minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to help build a strong, diverse and innovative domestic workforce.
  • Boosting American Research to Lead Global Innovation: Establishing the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships to accelerate the development and translation of new technologies like artificial intelligence, quantum computing and advanced manufacturing within the United States. The law invests in research at our universities and labs to turn ideas into products faster. The law doubles the National Science Foundation’s annual budget to nearly $19 billion and requires investments in key technologies and workforce development.

Senator Cantwell was appointed Chair of the 107-member Conference Committee to negotiate the legislation and successfully negotiated and rallied a last-minute bipartisan push to secure the inclusion of historic science research and development investments. The CHIPS and Science Act passed the Senate 64-33 on July 27, 2022, and the House one day later. Senator Cantwell joined President Biden for the bill signing on Aug. 9, 2022.

While crafting this legislation, Senator Cantwell used the State of Washington as an example for her Senate colleagues on how the state has a thriving innovation ecosystem because of investments in technology and education. 

Chip Workforce in Clark County