Manufacturing employment, in millions, and as a share of total employment, 1939–2017

Share Number
1939 30.8% 9.450
1940 31.2 10.102
1941 33.1 12.127
1942 34.9 14.040
1943 37.9 16.163
1944 37.9 15.910
1945 35.2 14.254
1946 32.4 13.504
1947 32.5 14.277
1948 31.9 14.317
1949 30.3 13.279
1950 30.9 14.014
1951 31.4 15.070
1952 31.3 15.290
1953 32.1 16.129
1954 30.6 14.999
1955 30.6 15.521
1956 30.2 15.856
1957 29.8 15.797
1958 28.5 14.656
1959 28.7 15.326
1960 28.4 15.437
1961 27.7 15.010
1962 27.8 15.497
1963 27.5 15.632
1964 27.2 15.889
1965 27.3 16.618
1966 27.6 17.681
1967 27.1 17.897
1968 26.8 18.211
1969 26.3 18.572
1970 25.1 17.847
1971 24.1 17.171
1972 23.9 17.664
1973 24.2 18.584
1974 23.6 18.512
1975 21.9 16.913
1976 22.1 17.538
1977 22.0 18.174
1978 21.8 18.936
1979 21.6 19.428
1980 20.7 18.732
1981 20.4 18.634
1982 19.4 17.364
1983 18.9 17.049
1984 19.0 17.921
1985 18.3 17.819
1986 17.6 17.552
1987 17.2 17.609
1988 17.0 17.905
1989 16.6 17.984
1990 16.2 17.695
1991 15.7 17.068
1992 15.4 16.801
1993 15.1 16.776
1994 14.9 17.024
1995 14.7 17.245
1996 14.4 17.237
1997 14.2 17.418
1998 13.9 17.560
1999 13.4 17.323
2000 13.1 17.265
2001 12.4 16.441
2002 11.7 15.257
2003 11.1 14.509
2004 10.9 14.315
2005 10.6 14.226
2006 10.4 14.157
2007 10.1 13.878
2008 9.8 13.403
2009 9.0 11.848
2010 8.8 11.529
2011 8.9 11.727
2012 8.9 11.927
2013 8.8 12.019
2014 8.8 12.184
2015 8.7 12.335
2016 8.6 12.353
2017 8.5 12.444

Source: EPI analysis of Current Employment Statistics published data series

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