Economic Impact of Manufacturing in the US

[dot_recommends] October 6, 2021 Manufacturing Trends

Just How Important Is Manufacturing to Our Economy?

Economic Impact of Manufacturing: In 2020, the value added by the manufacturing industry to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the United States was 2.27 trillion U.S. dollars. This is a slight decrease from the previous year, when 2.35 trillion U.S. dollars were added to the GDP by the manufacturing industry.

As the U.S. service sector grows like a weed, let’s remember the enormous economic impact of manufacturing in the U.S.

The manufacturing industry added $2.27 trillion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the United States in 2020.

Imagine for a minute what our economy would look like without that contribution. Unthinkable, right? And that doesn’t even begin to capture the complete contribution manufacturers make to our way of life.

Economic benefits of manufacturing in the U.S.

Consider these facts about the manufacturing industry:

  • Manufacturing generates $6 trillion in revenue each year in the U.S.
  • The manufacturing sector has 636,000 businesses
  • Manufacturers in the U.S. employ 12 million workers
  • Manufacturing jobs generate $768 billion in wages each year


Manufacturing sector’s true economic impact

That’s impressive enough, but the true impact of manufacturing on the economy requires you to do some multiplication. Economists know that for every manufacturing job, many other indirect jobs also exist.

Supplier jobs supported by manufacturers

The indirect jobs created through manufacturers’ presence in a community is called “employment multipliers.” These multipliers account for backward and forward linkages between industries. For example, suppliers, warehousing, transportation, and professional services all grow from the demands of a manufacturing company.


Jobs supported by manufacturing wages and tax revenue

Wages spent in the community generate even more jobs. These induced jobs also include public-sector jobs supported by tax revenue. The manufacturers support the communities, and the communities support the manufacturers. Everyone wins!


The multiplier effect of manufacturing jobs

According to the Economic Policy Institute, manufacturing sector employment multipliers are substantial:

For durable manufacturing, 744 indirect jobs exist for every 100 direct manufacturing jobs.
For nondurable manufacturing, 514 indirect jobs exist for every 100 manufacturing jobs.

If you do the math, you will find that the 12 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. multiply out to an estimated 75 million jobs for American workers.


The economic impact of manufacturing is only one reason why we love partnering with industrial manufacturers here at StratMg. Thank you for all you do!


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With over two decades of experience, Parin leads an expert demand-generation agency, StratMg, that helps industrial manufacturing clients achieve unambiguous and quantified organic sales growth across the US, EMEA & APAC.

Parin has built & positioned StratMg to be a value-added marketing services provider that strives to create a culture of quantified sales-driven marketing initiatives leading to sustained business growth through channel management, diversification, new customer acquisition and retention strategies and tactical execution.

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