Manufacturing Jobs Contributed to 25% Spike in GDP

February 1, 2013

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently released a report titled “The Geographic Concentration of Manufacturing Across the United States”.  The report found that manufacturing jobs have contributed to 25% growth in GDP during the years 2009-2011 and have created 500,000 jobs between 2010 and 2012.  What is unique about this report is its focus on the geographic location of these jobs and how they vary from state to state and county to county.  One finding in the report indicates that Indiana and Ohio had more counties in which manufacturing jobs accounted for more than 20% of the total earnings than all other states and that these counties were more likely to be located outside of metropolitan areas than within them.  Click on the above link for further information and to read the report.

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