7 Facts About America's Incredible Manufacturing Industry

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The country’s Fabricators and Manufacturers Association proclaimed today Manufacturing Day for the first time ever.To celebrate, the U.S. Census Bureau has pulled together some key charts on the U.S. manufacturing sector, including some great tables breaking down the industry’s various sectors and geographies.

Manufacturers are among America's biggest employers

Pay is competitive

The sector has cushioned slowdowns in the rust belt

And it is a principal engine of economic activity in the Midwest and much of the South

Capital expenditures are enormous in manufacturing

America is a global manufactured chemical behemoth

And our exports remain reliant on manufacturers

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