INFOGRAPHIC: Facts About Manufacturing


Every day manufacturing touches some aspect of our lives. Whether it’s contributing $2.2 trillion to the U.S. economy, providing 12.3 million jobs across the country or serving as a major source of U.S. research and development (R&D), there is no denying the importance of the manufacturing industry. With our newly updated Facts About Manufacturing infographic you can learn more about these and other interesting data points.

Facts About Manufacturing Infographic

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Zara Brunner

Zara Brunner is the Acting Group Manager for NIST MEP's Marketing and Communications Team and handles Success Stories, MFG DAY, branding, and various marcom initiatives. She's been involved in marketing, operations, and business development in corporate, legal and government sectors for more than 15 years.


  1. Zara Brunner on

    Thanks for the feedback. Looking at the data from 2016, there appear to be some changes. For instance, the number of total jobs in the U.S. went from 12.1M to 12.3M, wages increased, and manufacturing went from being the 5th largest to 6th largest employer in the country.

  2. George Carter on

    Thanks Zara for sharing. My name is George from Tampa, FL. I am looking to acquire an existing manufacturing business. Any tips? I would really appreciate it. Thanks.

  3. Thanks for sharing this info and the year over year comparison. It’s a strong argument for the manufacturing sector, as it continues to struggle with generating talent. It’s a growing industry and salaries are on the rise.

  4. Manufacturing leaves a deep impact on our lives. It is absolutely true that the economy is directly depended on the manufacturing. Thanks for this eye-opening information!

  5. Marko Grujic on

    It is always nice to know that manufacturing businesses are improving. Even if the increase is not great, it can still be felt. I am fascinated that 59% of US exports are manufactured goods. I would have preferred if manufacturing stayed 5th greatest employer, or gotten higher. That is something to hope for the next year.

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