Once a world leader in goods production, the U.S. employed over 40% of its workforce in high-paying manufacturing, construction, and mining industries at the end of World War II. In times of national crisis, we could depend on ourselves.
At the end of 2023, we employ under 14% of our workforce in these same jobs.
In 1945 the United States had
In 2023 the United States had
This drop in American jobs has occurred at the same time that the U.S. is being outproduced by its competitors in many of the most critical manufacturing sectors, such as automobile, steel, and aluminum production. In the global economy, production is an asset to a single nation, and we are moving the needle away from self-sufficiency, which has impacted those who live and work in the U.S.
Manufacturing, Construction and Mining Employment in the U.S.
|Year||Millions of Jobs||% of Total Jobs|
Manufacturing Employment in the U.S. (Not including construction or mining)
|Year||Millions of Jobs||% of All Jobs|
Total Vehicle Production by Country
Steel Production (Millions of tons)
Aluminum Production (Millions of tons)
Vehicle Production by Type of Vehicle & Country (2021)
HCV – Heavy Commercial vehicles
*NOTE: Bus production for the U.S. is considered as part of Light Commercial Vehicle production