The Importance of U.S. Manufacturing

22. Manufacturing Is a Leader in Offering Healthcare Benefits

The rising cost of healthcare is a major concern and a significant cost for manufacturers. Yet the sector is the leader among private sector employers with regard to the share of companies offering health benefits to workers. The weighted average “offer rate” for other industry groups is 57 percent, below the 72 percent of all manufacturers. All large manufacturing companies with 5,000 or more employees provide retiree health benefits; data from the Kaiser Family Foundation suggest that the share is nearly as high for companies with as few as 200 employees. In addition, more than 60 percent of manufacturers offer wellness programs such as smoking cessation plans and on-site exercise facilities or gym memberships.

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