In the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, 80 percent of respondents said they consider manufacturing jobs to be “very important” (43.5 percent) or “somewhat important” (36.1 percent) to the local economy where they live. Support for manufacturing jobs was relatively strong across all demographic groups and income brackets, receiving the strongest support from those making less than $25,000 a year, and those with only a high school education or some college but not a bachelor’s degree.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were 12.4 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. in March 2017, constituting 8.5 percent of total nonfarm payroll employment. The manufacturing sector represented 25 percent of employment in 1970.
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