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Manufacturing Day (P) - October 7, 2016 

Observed on the first Friday in October.

Key Stats:

This infographic contains statistics from the 2014 Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) indicating that manufacturing establishments show gains in receipts but lower employment over time.

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October 7, 2016 marks the nation’s fifth annual Manufacturing Day.


Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is and what it is not.

Welcome to, a national advanced manufacturing portal and information clearinghouse highlighting the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, now known as Manufacturing USA.

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More Stats:

The Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) survey provides broad-based, monthly statistical data on economic conditions in the domestic manufacturing sector. The survey measures current industrial activity and provides an indication of future business trends.

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The Industry Snapshots present key statistics from three Census Bureau economic programs, as well as per capita ratios using data from Population Estimates.

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Industry Statistics Portal (ISP) - Business Data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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The Quarterly Financial Report (QFR) program collects and publishes quarterly income, retained earnings, balance sheets, and related financial and operating ratios for the domestic operations of manufacturing corporations with assets over $250,000.

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The U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services is a principal federal economic indicator that is jointly produced with the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). BEA provides services data and Census provides goods data. Statistics in the report include:  exports, imports, and the balance of trade at state, country, and commodity level of detail in NAICS, End-Use, and Harmonized System.

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The Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM), conducted annually, except for years ending in 2 and 7, provides sample estimates of statistics for all manufacturing establishments with one or more paid employee. It provides statistics on employment, payroll, supplemental labor costs, cost of materials consumed, operating expenses, value of shipments, value added by manufacturing, detailed capital expenditures, fuels and electric energy used, and inventories.

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Data in this report are from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2004 to 2013 Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES), which collects information on expenditures for new and used structures and equipment by all U.S. nonfarm businesses. The Capital Spending Report series covers spending by 2-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry sector in a 10-year moving window ending with the most ACES reference year— 2013 in the current report.

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The Manufacturing and International Trade Report (MITR)provides statistics on the value of product shipments, total export value of goods, domestic export value of goods, general import value of goods, and the consumption value of goods. Values in the MITR are based on manufacturing data from the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series and administrative records from official U.S. import and export merchandise trade statistics.

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The Economic Census is the U.S. government's official five-year measure of American business and the economy. The Geographic Area series comprises national-, state-, county-, place-, and metro area-level data files with statistics for all industries in the utilities sector down to the six-digit North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) level.

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2012 Economic Census: Summary and Subject Series: Manufacturing (NAICS Sector 31-33):

Data are presented in the following six topics at the 2, 3, and 6 digit NAICS levels:

  • Industry-Product Analysis Summary
  • General Summary
  • Materials Summary
  • Product Summary
  • Location of Manufacturing Plants Summary
  • Concentration Ratios

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The Economic Census of Island Areas (IA) provides periodic and comprehensive data for economic activity and structure for American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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This series includes the number of establishments, employment during the week of March 12, first quarter payroll, and annual payroll. This data is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for other statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses.

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The Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS) is conducted jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The series reviews trends in research and development activities of the U.S. business sector.

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Manufacturing statistics, including the number of people working in the manufacturing industry, can be found in American FactFinder from the 2015 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates. The ACS collects information about populations and housing characteristics for the nation.

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