Right to Work, by the Numbers: Part 5


Employment in Manufacturing

Today, only about 8.2% of U.S. workers are employed in manufacturing.

Even before the Great Recession, manufacturing employment in the U.S. had been steadily declining, with a loss of approximately 4,000,000 jobs between 1998 and 2007, the decade preceding the recession. Another 1.6 million jobs in manufacturing were lost between 2008 and 2010. (In the next post in this series, I will discuss more fully the state by state losses of manufacturing jobs during the Great Recession.)

The following chart then ranks the states by the total number of manufacturing jobs in March 2013, with the right-to-work states in bold:

State No of Jobs in 0000s Rank
California 1,242.0 1
Texas     865.8     2
Ohio 663.9 3
Illinois 583.2 4
Pennsylvania 569.0 5
Michigan     548.8     6
Indiana     491.6     7
Wisconsin 463.1 8
New York 447.7 9

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