2022 Manufacturing Industry Outlook
Macro and Industry Trends Look Strong for the Manufacturing Sector
The 2022 manufacturing industry outlook looks good. Macro-level economic indicators and industry-level trends both point to a strong year ahead and continuing into 2026.
Positive Macro Economic Factors
Macroeconomic factors may change, but as of the latest from the Federal Reserve, they look mostly positive.
- Real GDP Growth: Goldman Sachs projects growth between 2% and 3% in each quarter of 2022
- Unemployment is expected to continue to decline to as low as 3.5% in 2022
- Inflation is expected to persist but moderate to 2.6%
Positive Manufacturing Sector Indicators
- 9.8% Growth in the Manufacturing Sector in 2021
- Recovering global demand for Manufacturing sector products
- Rising consumer and business sentiment
- Industrial production above pre-pandemic levels
- Capacity utilization exceeding past peaks
- Revenue for the Manufacturing sector is forecast to continue to grow, with annualized increases of 0.8% through 2026 to reach $6.2 trillion
2022 US Manufacturing Industry Trends: What to Expect
IBISWorld predicts these manufacturing trends in 2022:
- Continued reliance on diverse global supply chains with gradual adjustments for improved resiliency
- US innovation will drive increased international demand for manufacturing exports
- The value of imports is expected to decline over the next 5 years
- Sector employment will rise at an annualized 0.8% rate
- The number of establishments will also increase
- Profits will remain stable amid rising workforce and increased investment in R&D
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