In 2017, combined reshoring and related foreign direct investment (FDI) announcements surged, adding over 171,000 jobs, up 2,800 percent from 2010. Including upward revisions of 67,000 jobs in prior years, the total number of manufacturing jobs brought to the U.S. from offshore is over 576,000 since the manufacturing employment low of 2010.The 171,000 reshoring and FDI jobs announced equal 90 percent of the 189,000 total manufacturing jobs added in 2017.
Combined reshoring and FDI jobs were up 122 percent compared to unrevised 2016 totals and 52 percent compared to revised 2016 totals. The Reshoring Initiative largely attributes the huge increases to anticipation of greater U.S. competitiveness due to expected corporate tax and regulatory cuts following the 2016 election. Similar to the previous few years, FDI continued to exceed reshoring in terms of total jobs added, but reshoring has closed most of the gap since 2015.
The Reshoring Initiative’s 2017 Reshoring Report contains data on U.S. reshoring and FDI by companies that have shifted production or sourcing from offshore to the U.S. The report includes cumulative data from 2010 through 2017, as well as projections for 2018. The numbers demonstrate that reshoring and FDI are major contributing factors to the country’s rebounding manufacturing sector.
“We publish this data annually to show companies that their peers are successfully reshoring and that they should reevaluate their sourcing and siting decisions,” said Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative. “With 3 to 4 million manufacturing jobs still offshore, as measured by our $500 billion/year trade deficit, there is potential for much more growth. We call on the administration and Congress to enact policy changes to make the United States competitive again. Our Competitiveness Toolkit is available to help quantify the impact of policy alternatives, including a stronger skilled workforce, continued corporate tax and regulatory reductions as well as a lower U.S. dollar.”
A Deeper Dive into the 2017 Reshoring Data
- Proximity to customers remained the leading factor driving reshoring and FDI in 2017, followed by Image/Branding: Made in USA, Government incentives, and Ecosystem (supply chain) synergies.
- For the first time, Asia surpassed Western Europe in generating jobs by FDI, due mostly to increased investment by China and continued strong showings by Japan and Korea.
- The Southeast and Texas remain the top regions for reshoring and FDI, with the Midwest gaining ground in second place due to its strong industrial base.
- Transportation equipment remained the strongest industry, accounting for nearly 36 percent of total jobs returned. Apparel and Medical Equipment saw the largest increases in industry ranking.
- Reshoring has been increasing at a similar rate as FDI, indicating that U.S. headquartered companies are starting to understand the benefit of U.S. production that foreign companies have seen for the last few years.
- Preliminary 2018 data trends are at least as strong as 2017.
For further details, read the complete report: Reshoring Initiative 2017 Data Report:
About the Reshoring Initiative
Data for this report comes from the Reshoring Initiative Library of more than 5,000 published articles, privately submitted reshoring case studies and privately documented cases. The report provides data and analysis in 10 different categories, ranging from the number of manufacturing jobs gained, to reasons cited for reshoring, to a breakdown of data by industry, country, region and state. It also includes data on the nearshoring trend (Canada and Mexico).
A 50-year manufacturing industry veteran and retired President of GF AgieCharmilles, Harry Moser founded the Reshoring Initiative to move lost jobs back to the U.S. For his efforts with the Reshoring Initiative, he was named to Industry Week magazine’s Manufacturing Hall of Fame in 2010. Additional information on the Reshoring Initiative, and its many sponsoring associations and companies, is available at www.reshorenow.org.