Manufacturing Sector Description
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The Manufacturing sector includes establishments engaged in the mechanical, physical, or chemical transformation of materials, substances, or components into new products. The assembling of component parts of manufactured products is considered manufacturing, except in cases where the activity is appropriately classified in Sector 23, Construction. Establishments in the Manufacturing sector are often described as plants, factories, or mills and characteristically use power-driven machines and materials-handling equipment.
Manufacturing establishments may process materials or may contract with other establishments to process their materials for them. Both types of establishments are included in manufacturing. The Manufacturing sector include industries that manufacture durable and non-durable goods including food and food products, beverage and tobacco products, textiles and textile products, apparel, leather and allied products, wood products, paper and paper products, printing and related support activities, petroleum and coal products, chemicals, plastics and rubber products, nonmetallic mineral products, primary metals and fabricated metal products, machinery, computer and electronic products, electrical equipment, appliances and components, transportation equipment, furniture and related products, medical equipment, jewelry, sporting goods, toys, office supplies, signage, and other products.
The Industry at a Glance profile from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics provides detailed information about employment, wages, productivity, and occupational outlook for the Manufacturing sector.
- Page last reviewed: April 12, 2013 (archived document)
- Content source:
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of the Director