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A GROWTH AGENDA: Four Goals for a Manufacturing Resurgence in America

A GROWTH Agenda: Four Goals for a Manufacturing Resurgence in America

This strategy is a blueprint for competitiveness that will unleash the economy and manufacturing’s outsized multiplier effect. Importantly, manufacturers’ aspirations—the four goals laid out in the pages that follow—are ones that all Americans who want to maintain our country’s economic advantage can rally around.

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2011 Structural Cost Study

The Manufacturing Institute and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) partnered to produce the 2011 Structural Cost Study.  This report is the fourth in our on-going series comparing the structural costs of the United States to our nine largest trading partners.

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Jobs for America: Investments and Policies for Economic Growth and Competitiveness

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The independent Milken Institute details how smart economic and tax policies and targeted investments can create 11 million new jobs in the next decade.

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Manufacturing Resurgence – A Must for U.S. Prosperity

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This study, prepared by Joel Popkin and Kathryn Kobe for the NAM and the Council of Manufacturing Associations, presents the reasons to revitalize the manufacturing base in the United States and formulates recommendations for achieving that goal.

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Facts About Manufacturing

 Facts About Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Institute outlines the challenges facing manufacturers in the United States and uses U.S. government data to highlight the vital role of manufacturing in our nation’s economy.

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Did You Know...

  • In 2012, manufacturers contributed $2.03 trillion to the economy, up from $1.93 trillion in 2011. This was 12.5 percent of GDP. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.32 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. 1
  • Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the United States—about one in six private-sector jobs. More than 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing.2
  • In 2012, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,505 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all industries earned $62,063.3
  • Manufacturers in the United States are the most productive in the world, far surpassing the worker productivity of any other major manufacturing economy, leading to higher wages and living standards.4
  • Manufacturers in the United States perform two-thirds of all private-sector R&D in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector.5
  • Taken alone, manufacturing in the United States would be the 8th largest economy in the world.6

For more details, read the full report Facts About Manufacturing.

Manufacturing Reports

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is pleased to bring you several reports that highlight manufacturers' agenda for boosting growth and creating jobs. In these reports, you can find key facts and information about manufacturing in the United States, as well as important data and statistics for manufacturers. In addition, the NAM has published a Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America that lays out the policies manufacturers need to compete in the global marketplace.

The key reports highlighted on this page are:

Jobs for America: Investments and Policies for Economic Growth and Competitiveness, which shows how the right policies and investments can lead to millions of new jobs.

Manufacturing Resurgence – A Must for U.S. Prosperity, which recommends actions to help strengthen manufacturers in America.

Facts About Manufacturing, which contains data and statistics showing the critical role of manufacturers in the U.S. economy.

1 Bureau of Economic Analysis, Industry Economic Accounts (2012).
2 Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014), with estimate of total employment supported by manufacturing calculated by NAM using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (2012).
3 Bureau of Economic Analysis (2012).
4 NAM calculations based on data from the United Nations, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the International Labour Organization.
5 National Science Foundation (2008).
6 Bureau of Economic Analysis, Industry Economic Accounts (2012) and International Monetary Fund (2012).