Residential construction is essential to the US economy and supports several manufacturing industries


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WASHINGTON, DC (WWLP) – Everything you need to build and furnish a home comes from businesses that employ hundreds of thousands of people and generate billions of dollars in revenue.

From concrete, lumber, and nails to rugs, appliances, and furniture, every item must be made, shipped, sold, and delivered, creating a nationwide network that is a vital driver of the U.S. economy.

National Manufacturing Day is October 1 and is held annually on the first Friday in October. The idea is to show the importance of allied industries and modern manufacturing careers by encouraging businesses and educational institutions nationwide to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. These manufacturers estimate that they will need to fill 4 million highly skilled, high-tech, well-paying jobs over the next decade.

The US Census Bureau released an interactive visualization showing the value of shipments and employment for some manufacturing industries that make housing-related products. Housing manufacturing data comes from an annual survey that provides the most detailed statistics on the US manufacturing sector: the Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM).

Starting Monday, September 27, the Census Bureau will begin a week of manufacturing celebration with blogs, infographics, and other key content on a Manufacturing Day webpage to recognize observance on the First Friday of October.

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