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What is Made In America?

Made In America Industry CollageExecutive Summary - Accurately determining how much of our economy's total production is American-made can be a daunting task. However, data from the Commerce Department's U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) can help shed light on the dollar value of what America produces, and what percentage of the dollar value of an industry's output that is considered domestic.

An Update on Temporary Help in Manufacturing

The temporary help services industry has bounced back from the recession and continues to grow.  Newly available data are enabling the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) to re-examine this important industry and update a report on the temp industry that we published last year.1 Although we don't know exactly how many temporary workers actually work in the manufacturing sector, we estimate that temps fill somewhere in the range of 8 to 10 percent of all jobs in production occupations in the manufacturing sector.2 Because temps are not counted as manu

Manufacturing and Trade: Inventories and Sales

December 2014 business inventories were $1,764.4 billion, up 0.1 percent from November and up 3.9 percent from December 2013.  Sales were $1,331.2 billion, down 0.9 percent from the previous month but up 0.9 percent from one year earlier.

Data Snapshot: Which states are leading the way in manufacturing and which pay the most?

Just over one week ago, the U.S. Census Bureau's Economic Census staff released new manufacturing statistics for more than 350 manufacturing industries at the state and local level. California led the way with number of establishments (38,741) and employees (1.2 million) -- and was second only to Texas in the value of shipments from manufacturing establishments ($512.3 billion). 

Chief Economist Sue Helper Celebrates Manufacturing Day at The Rodon Group

Hatfield, PA – Department of Commerce Chief Economist, Dr. Sue Helper and Acting Manufacturing Extension Partnership Director Phillip Singerman visited the Rodon Group in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, as part of the nationwide Manufacturing Day event on Friday, October 3rd. The Rodon Group is a plastic injection molding company that makes billions of parts each year.

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