The Importance of U.S. Manufacturing

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

More than one in seven U.S. private sector jobs depends on the U.S. manufacturing base. The sector supports millions of people who make things in America and a large number of employees in other sectors of the economy.
Specifically, manufacturing supported an estimated 16.5 million jobs in the United States in 2011; this includes 11.7 million jobs directly within manufacturing and 4.7 million jobs in sectors such as professional services (accounting, legal, consulting, etc.), wholesaling, transportation, agriculture, and F.I.R.E. (finance, insurance, and real estate).

To Employment and Compensation


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


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


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


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


Manufacturing Pays Higher Average Compensation


Manufacturing Is a Leader in Offering Healthcare Benefits


Manufacturers Support Healthcare Insurance for Workers and Families


Trade Engagement Pays Through Higher Wages