“Build it here. Sell it everywhere.” –John E. Bryson, Secretary of Commerce, December 15, 2011
A thriving manufacturing sector in the United States is crucial to its future competitive strength. Throughout its history, manufacturing has been a source of prosperity, innovation, and pride for the United States. Manufacturing pays higher than average wages, provides the bulk of U.S. exports, contributes substantially to U.S. R&D, and protects national security.
While manufacturing continues to play a vital role in the U.S. economy and provides millions of American jobs, the U.S. manufacturing sector has faced significant challenges in recent decades. Manufacturing employment in particular has seen a substantial drop over the past twenty years. This chapter explores recent manufacturing trends, and the government’s role in supporting manufacturing in the past and moving forward. Watch the video below to find out more, or explore the materials on this topic on the right.