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National Manufacturing Week: September 27-October 1, 2021

Release Number CB21-SFS.132

National Manufacturing Day: October 1, 2021


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What is Manufacturing Day?


Manufacturing Day (MFG Day), which is actually a week-long celebration at the U.S. Census Bureau, grew out of an initiative of The Manufacturing Institute. It is held annually on the first Friday in October to celebrate this important sector of the nation's economy. The Census Bureau honors manufacturing by providing a week’s worth of rich content and statistics that inform businesses and policymakers. The data paint a picture of the state of this vital economic sector.

MFG Week encourages careers in this important sector by spurring companies and educational institutions across the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. It also empowers manufacturers to come together to address their challenges.

Key Stats

Source: Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM). This infographic contains statistics showing that manufacturing establishments’ value of shipments and employment increased from 2018 to 2019.  

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Source: Manufacturers’ Shipments, Inventories, & Orders (M3). The 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.

Source: Manufacturing and Trade Inventories and Sales (MTIS). The MTIS provides broad and timely measures of combined changes in domestic retail trade, wholesale trade and manufacturers' activities.

Source: Quarterly Financial Report (QFR). The QFR program collects and publishes quarterly aggregate statistics on the financial results and position of U.S. corporations. The Census Bureau provides Historical QFR Data electronically, dating back to 1947.   

From Foreign Trade, the official source for U.S. export and import statistics and responsible for issuing regulations governing the reporting of all export shipments from the United States.

Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-Year Estimates. ACS provides vital information on a yearly basis about our nation and its people. ACS has manufacturing statistics, including the number of people working in the industry by occupation and median earnings.

Source: 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 employees.


Source: Annual Capital Expenditures Survey (ACES). Provides data on capital spending for new and used structures and equipment by U.S. nonfarm businesses with and without employees.

Source: County Business Patterns (CBP). CBP is an annual series that provides subnational economic data by industry. This series includes the number of establishments and employment during the week of March 12 — first-quarter payroll and annual payroll.

Source: Economic Census. The Census Bureau is releasing 2017 Economic Census statistics from September 2019 through 2021. The economic census is the U.S. government's official five-year measure of American business and the economy.

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