According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturers contributed $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2015. For every $1 spent in manufacturing, another $1.81 is added to the economy. That is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. In addition, for every one worker in manufacturing, there are another four employees hired elsewhere. Taken alone, manufacturing in the United States would be the ninth-largest economy in the world.
According to NAM, more than 80% of manufacturers currently report difficulty in filling positions that require skilled workers. We must work with policy-makers to increase STEM education to address the ongoing skills gap and build the 21st-century workforce that manufacturers need.