In the past quarter-century, the geographic distribution of manufacturing has shifted, and in some cases quite dramatically. While it was once concentrated in the Northeast and Midwest, manufacturing is now more broadly distributed.

Between 2006 and 2012, gross state product accounted for by manufacturing rose 13 percent. The 30 states that saw manufacturing’s contribution to economic growth decline most significantly are clustered in the Southeast. In Michigan, Kentucky, and Alabama, gross state product attributable to manufacturing declined as the automotive industry dealt with the impact of the Great Recession. States in which manufacturing increased its contribution to economic growth are primarily in the West and Northwest.

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