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Top 10 U.S. States by Manufacturing Employment

In which states are the highest percentage of employees employed in the manufacturing sector?
For the year 2018, according to the U.S. Census
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State
19.4
Indiana
18.8
Michigan
18.3
Wisconsin
15.1
Iowa
15.0
Ohio
14.3
Arkansas
14.1
Alabama
13.9
Kentucky
13.4
South Carolina
13.2
Tennessee
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Sep 26, 2019
Five lowest: Hawaii, New Mexico, Wyoming, Maryland, Alaska
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level 65
Sep 26, 2019
All of them red states in 2016
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level 62
Dec 8, 2019
And?
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level 67
Dec 8, 2019
It’s because Trump ran on fake economic populism, which resonated much better with people in these states than the neoliberal corporatism of Hillary Clinton.
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level 62
Dec 8, 2019
Democrats are losing their one-time stranglehold on blue collar union workers because they have bet instead that identity politics will give them a coalition of minorities robust enough to win the election. Only Bernie and Warren talk about jobs. The rest of the party is increasingly preoccupied with things that don't resonate at all with industrial sectors. Those people feel abandoned. Yes, Drumpf is a clown and a con man and a vote for him is always the wrong vote, but it's not some great mystery why these states voted for him. He talks to these people like their problems are important. Democrats, with two major exceptions, don't. It's not an accident. They think if they can turn out the entirety of the minority vote and an appreciable percentage of college-educated urban and suburban white voters, they can win without the unions. And that's fine strategy, but you can't be surprised when the union workers defect to the GOP. And I say this as a committed progressive.
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level 67
Dec 8, 2019
@jmellor13 I mostly agree, with one caveat, which is that according to current polling, Warren would have a lot more trouble than Bernie winning these states, which is mostly due to her more professorial approach (as compared to Bernie’s revolutionary rhetoric). If she is the nominee, then I think that she can win these states based on her policies, but she needs to put in the effort to actually build a rapport with the working class; they won’t automatically switch from Bernie to her.
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level 71
Dec 9, 2019
Agree with jmellor13 and WanHuangdi's caveat. Warren is the kind of politician who looks like a professor and when she's joking it's so subtle that even her followers need a few seconds before they chuckle. It is important to win over people who are disillusioned, 'unpolitical', or who find it a hassle going to vote on a workday. To those people, Warren probably looks like a Hillary clone, even if they differ policy-wise. (Remote diagnosis of a smug European)
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level 59
Sep 29, 2019
For a similar quiz: Top 10 Poorest U.S. States by Median Income
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level 52
Dec 8, 2019
Yeah it's sad that we are outsourcing all our manufacturing to evil China.
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level 30
Dec 10, 2019
I bet "Top 10 States by Farming Employment" would be closer
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level 77
Dec 8, 2019
I got the top 5; missed the bottom 5. What are the southern states manufacturing?
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level 67
Dec 8, 2019
Kentucky and Tennessee have quite a bit of auto manufacturing; not so sure about the others.
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level 52
Dec 8, 2019
Same with Alabama and South Carolina, lots of factories popping up, usually for cars.
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level 76
Dec 8, 2019
Right-to-work laws made it attractive to owners to move plants there in past years, although I'm not sure that's still the case with so many states now having those laws. There was a large workforce available in the South once farming became mechanized. Lower taxes and cost of living for workers help, too. There are lots of textile and clothing manufacturers and car plants, and wood pulp plants. The Japanese built plants in some states to produce electronics, and there's a big energy production sector, too.