Friends of Manufacturing

Why does Manufacturing Matter?

Every state, from Maine to Hawaii, relies on manufacturers to fuel our economy and put people to work.

  • Manufacturing supports 18.5 million jobs in the United States.
  • Manufacturers contribute $2.17 trillion to our economy.
  • On its own, manufacturing in the United States would be the 9th largest economy in the world.
  • Manufacturers perform more than 75% of all private-sector R&D in the United States.
  • The average manufacturing employee earns nearly $80,000 per year, or 24% more than workers in other industries.
  • Most manufacturers are small businesses, with deep roots in their communities.

Still not convinced? Check out the following resources from our partner, The National Association of Manufacturers:

  • Click here to see how manufacturing impacts your state.
  • Click here to check out the Competing to Win report, a detailed roadmap for candidates, elected officials and manufacturing supporters alike.