September 10, 2013
Top 10 American Manufacturing States
It’s becoming safer to say that American manufacturing is now standing on its own two feet. It has been reported that U.S. manufacturing has grown for the second month in a row. According to the Institute for Supply Management, this is right where the industry needs to be with regards to long term goals.
Naturally, this has some people in the manufacturing sector jumping for joy. As many companies return to U.S. soil for production, experts are predicting that this could be the early stages of an American manufacturing renaissance. However, others are still skeptical as the U.S. has lost about 2.5 million manufacturing jobs over the past decade
Here is a look at the top 10 states that are pulling the weight of the American manufacturing machine, according to USA Today, as well as their percentage of manufacturing output:
- Indiana: 28.2
- Oregon: 27.8
- Louisiana: 22.6
- North Carolina: 19.4
- Wisconsin: 19.1
- Kentucky: 17.1
- Ohio: 17.1
- Iowa 16.7
- Michigan: 16.5
- Alabama: 16.3
As USA today explains, leading states such as Oregon and Louisiana can attribute their high output to the fact that they have multiple industries. For example, in Oregon both computer and electronic product manufacturing produced about $38 billion of its $50 billion worth of manufacturing. Louisiana, for that matter, produces both coal and petroleum-based products.
While it remains to be seen if this trend will continue, many are looking to U.S. manufacturing for both a cure for unemployment and as a boost to the economy. It should be noted, however, that its long term stability will hinge largely on whether American products are of sound quality. As China continues to bolster its manufacturing quality control system, it is up to American manufacturers to ensure that production quality remains strong.