US Manufacturing: A Baker's Dozen Facts

US Manufacturing: A Baker's Dozen Facts

On National Manufacturing Day 2014, we offer 13 facts about the state of American manufacturing.

On behalf of Manufacturing Day 2014, here are 13 facts about the state of American Manufacturing:

Sources: US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Small Business Administration, Brookings Institution, U.S. Department of Energy, The White House, Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute


  1. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million people.

  2. There are approximately 338,000 manufacturing establishments in the U.S.

  3. Some 98% of manufacturing firms are small businesses.

  4. The average manufacturing employee earns $1,022 a week.

  5. There are about 334,000 job openings in manufacturing.

  6. Manufacturing accounts for approximately 60% of all U.S. exports.

  7. In 2013, U.S. manufacturers exported $1.59 trillion in goods, more than double the exports in 2003.

  8. Manufacturers conduct 68% of all R&D.

  9. California is the state with the most manufacturing employees – 1,250,600.

  10. Indiana represents the state with the highest share (28.2%) of manufacturing as a percent of its gross state product.

  11. Manufacturers spend approximately $200 billion each year on energy for their plants.

  12. Manufacturing accounted for 45% of foreign direct investment in the U.S. from 2010 to 2012.

  13. Only 35% of Americans say they would encourage their children to pursue a career in manufacturing


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