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Ten States where Manufacturing Matters

10. Alabama
Manufacturing share of output: 16.3%
Manufacturing output 2012: $30 billion (22nd highest)
2012 Unemployment rate: 7.3%

9. Michigan
Manufacturing share of output: 16.5%
Manufacturing output 2012: $66.2 billion (8th highest)
2012 Unemployment rate: 9.1%

8. Iowa
Manufacturing share of output: 16.7%
Manufacturing output 2012: $25.4 billion (25th highest)
2012 Unemployment rate: 5.2%

7. Ohio
Manufacturing share of output: 17.1%
Manufacturing output 2012: $87.2 billion (5th highest)
2012 Unemployment rate: 7.2%

6. Kentucky
Manufacturing share of output: 17.1%
Manufacturing output 2012: $29.75 billion (23rd highest)
2012 Unemployment rate: 8.2%

5. Wisconsin
Manufacturing share of output: 19.1%
Manufacturing output 2012: $49.98 billion (12th highest)
2012 Unemployment rate: 6.9%

4. North Carolina
Manufacturing share of output: 19.4%
Manufacturing output 2012: $88.25 billion (4th highest)
2012 Unemployment rate: 9.5%

3. Louisiana
Manufacturing share of output: 22.6%
Manufacturing output 2012: $55.10 billion (11th highest)
2012 Unemployment rate: 6.4%

2. Oregon
Manufacturing share of output: 27.8%
Manufacturing output 2012: $55.16 billion (10th highest)
2012 Unemployment rate: 8.7%

1. Indiana
Manufacturing share of output: 28.2%
Manufacturing output 2012: $84.15 billion (6th highest)
2012 Unemployment rate: 8.4%

Indiana has added manufacturing jobs at one of the fastest rates in the nation over the past several years, with year-over-year growth in manufacturing at or above 3.7% at the end of each of the past three years. Some of this growth came from companies like Honda expanding their factories and adding thousands of jobs, which made headlines in 2011. Developments like these are critical for the economy of the state, which depends on manufacturing more than anywhere else in the nation. In 2012, Indiana had just the nation’s 16th largest economy, while its output from manufacturing exceeded all but a handful of states. In 2010 and 2011, Indiana was one of the leading states in total output from both motor vehicle-related and chemicals manufacturing. Manufacturing of chemical products accounted for 7% of the state’s GDP in 2011, at least partly due to the presence of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, which has vendors throughout the state.

Ten Staes Where Manufacturing Matters – 24/7 Wall St.

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