Manufacturing continues to be a critically important industry for many economies. In the US, manufacturing generally involves transforming raw materials into products employing mechanical, physical or chemical processes. America’s manufacturing industries usually involve plants, factories and mills; they also include small and home-based businesses and raw materials are typically commodities or components. Manufacturing anything from automobiles to candies all falls into the manufacturing sector.
Manufacturing industries are a critical part of the US economy. In 2016, the contribution of manufacturing industry to the US economy was $1.4 trillion. This accounts for 8% of the economic production of the United States. About half of US exports are manufactured goods. Reports from the US Census Bureau in 2012 state that there are 12.3 million manufacturing jobs in the US, in which 9% of the workforce is employed.
Here’s a look at the top 10 regions in the United States that are hotspots for manufacturing. The list is based on data from 48 metropolitan statistical areas with 50,000 manufacturing positions and looking at employment growth within the sector in the short, medium and long-term.
Topping the list is the Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metropolitan Area in Michigan. This region saw 5.4% job growth in 2015 and a boost in industrial workforce by 29% since 2010, bringing the number of workers employed in the industry to 110,800. Companies manufacturing auto parts, food, aerospace and defense are the major contributors to this growth.
Second on the list is Elkhart-Goshen region in Indiana with the vehicle industry forming the major chunk of the manufacturing sector. There has been a 37% growth in employment in this sector since 2010, contributing to 60,500 jobs.
The third spot belongs to Louisville/Jefferson County near the Indiana-Kentucky border. With 25.6% growth in employment since 2010, the sector employs 60,500 workers, biggest percentage in automobile manufacturing.
The next largest manufacturing hub in the United States is the Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia statistical area in Michigan, which saw 27% growth in employment in manufacturing industries since 2010. The entire Detroit area has about 240,000 manufacturing jobs. The Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills in Detroit is close behind, making it to number five on the list with 149,000 jobs and a recent surge of 30.6% in the industrial workforce.
At number six is the San Diego-Carlsbad area that is mostly engaged in aerospace, high-tech, and non-durable goods industry. The market has seen an 11.5% growth in employment since 2010 with around 106,700 workers.
The seventh spot goes to the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood statistical area in Colorado, which has seen 12.7% growth in employment since 2010.
The eighth position belongs to Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, California Metropolitan Division, with 7.9% of jobs in the manufacturing sector. At number nine is Cincinnati, OH–KY–IN Metropolitan Area, with 10.8% workers employed in the manufacturing sector.
Taking the last spot in our top ten is the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro region in Oregon and Washington with 12.4% growth in employment since 2010, thanks in part to the completion of Intel’s expansion in the area.