Which States Rely on Manufacturing the Most?


South Carolina is the state that is 11th most heavily dependent on its manufacturing sector.

An On Numbers analysis of new federal data indicates that 16.4 percent of SC’s gross state product (GSP) is generated by manufacturing.

The third most dependent state is North Carolina, whose manufacturing sector is responsible for 19.3 percent of its total GSP.

The database at the end of this story has 2010 figures for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The raw data were originally published by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Gross state product is the total output of goods and services within a given state — in essence, a smaller-scale version of the nation’s gross domestic product. The manufacturing sector generates 11.8 percent of a typical state’s GSP.


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