The Importance of U.S. Manufacturing

31. The U.S. Is the #3 Manufacturing Exporter

The United States is the third largest exporter of manufactured goods, ranking below the European Union and China but well ahead of fourth-place Japan. The export market had its most dramatic shift in recent years via the rapid rise of China to pass the United States. In 2000, U.S. manufacturing exports were more than three times larger than China’s, while in 2012, Chinese exports were 96 percent higher than those of the United States.

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The U.S. Is the #3 Manufacturing Exporter


The U.S. Is Losing Export Market Share


U.S. Manufacturing Exports to 238 Countries


Manufacturing Still Dominates U.S. Exports, But Its Share Is Declining


U.S. Manufacturers Invest Primarily in High-Wage Countries


Foreign Investment in U.S. Manufacturing Grows


Foreign Companies Are Important to U.S. Manufacturing