The Importance of U.S. Manufacturing

17. Manufacturing Job Gains Are Largest in the West and Midwest Percentage Change in Manufacturing Employment by State, Dec. 2009-Mar.2013

Job growth in manufacturing is starting to more steadily rebound following the 2008-2009 recession. While the sector is seeing positive expansion, it is not keeping pace with the rest of the economy. Rising capital investment and widespread adoption of new manufacturing techniques demonstrated industry’s willingness to adapt to changing circumstances. Lean manufacturing and Six Sigma quality programs created demand for a smaller but more highly skilled workforce. Government spending cuts from sequestration are also taking a toll on the growth of the economy.
Data on state employment show that, on average, the number of U.S. manufacturing jobs has increased 4.6 percent since the end of the recession in December 2009. Northwest and Midwest states have experienced above average increases in manufacturing employment while states in the East and Southwest are recovering at a slower pace.

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Manufacturing Job Gains Are Largest in the Northwest and Midwest Percentage Change in Manufacturing Employment by State, Dec. 2009-Oct.2013

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A Wide Range of Occupations Contribute to U.S. Manufacturing Production

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Both Professional and Semi-Skilled Employees Staff the Non-Production Side of U.S. Manufacturing

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Manufacturing Supports Millions of U.S. Jobs in Other Sectors

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Manufacturing Pays Higher Average Compensation

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Manufacturing Is a Leader in Offering Healthcare Benefits

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Manufacturers Support Healthcare Insurance for Workers and Families

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Trade Engagement Pays Through Higher Wages