The high skill and continuous training required for these jobs means that manufacturing employment will be more stable than in the past. The U.S. manufacturing workforce employs 12 million people and supports the jobs of another 17.2 million. U.S. manufacturers are the most productive in the world and if classified as its own country, the U.S. manufacturing economy would rank as the tenth largest economy in the world.
Manufacturing drives U.S. innovation. It transforms concepts and ideas into new products and processes that not only generate profit, but make the world a better place. It creates new and vital industries, including biotechnology and solar power. As engineers and manufacturers develop new technologies, they build the capabilities to advance and innovate in new fields.