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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) reported that in 2015 the manufacturing industry contributed $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy, or approximately 12.1 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP). If considered independently, NAM concluded, in 2016 the U.S. manufacturing sector would be the ninth largest economy in the world. Additionally, many jobs in manufacturing pay somewhat higher annual salaries than those in other industries. NAM also reported average earnings of $79,553 for U.S. production workers.

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