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The chart above (click to enlarge) helps put the size of the U.S. manufacturing sector into perspective. In 2009, the U.S. produced $2.33 trillion of manufacturing output including mining and utilities, according to data from the United Nations. The U.S. ranked #1 in the world for manufacturing, and produced 14% more than second-ranked China ($2.04 trillion) and twice as much as third-ranked Japan ($1.15 trillion). What's most impressive is that the U.S. produced almost as much manufacturing output as the manufacturing sectors of Germany (#4), Italy (#5), France (#6), Russia (#7), U.K. (#8), Brazil (#9) and Canada (#10) combined ($2.44 trillion).
Source: U.S. Manufacturing in 2009: 14% More Than Second Ranked China