NC manufacturing by the numbers

Manufacturing Week in NC

Oct. 4. With the eighth-largest manufacturing economy in the United States, and the largest manufacturing workforce in the southeast, manufacturing remains essential to the success of every sector of North Carolina’s economy.

Here’s a look at manufacturing in North Carolina as Manufacturing Week gets under way.

Number of NC manufacturers: 11,000

Multiplier effect: For every $1 spent in manufacturing, $1.81 is generated for North Carolina’s economy.

Manufacturing’s share of new economic development announcements: 68 percent

New jobs in manufacturing: 21,940

New investments in manufacturing: $17.2 billion.

Contribution to state GDP: $114 billion

NC manufacturing workforce: 472,000

New manufacturing jobs since 2017: 70,500

Source: Labor and Economic Analysis Division of NC Commerce Dept.


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