The Manufacturing Footprint and the Importance of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

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Manufacturing is a vital part of the U.S. economy. It employs 12 million workers — 8.8 percent of total employment — and pays a wage premium compared to other sectors. See the manufacturing footprint in every congressional district in the United States.


The Takeaways

  1. The top five states ranked by manufacturing’s share of total state employment in 2013 were Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and Alabama.

  2. The United States lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs between March 1998 and December 2013.

  3. Manufacturing is an important provider of jobs for Americans without a college degree. On average, these workers make $1.78 per hour more than those working in other sectors.

We Need a National Manufacturing Strategy

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