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┬áninth 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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