PPB July 2022

Made I n Ame r i ca by Kristina Valdez SPARK Publications Illustration Red, White & New Global supply chain pressure have left U.S. manufacturing struggling to keep up with demands for countless products. It’s a predicament the country never wants to be in again. Now, the push for more domestic manufacturing and USA-made products is on the upswing. Finding something that was made in America is still a nice surprise. According to 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 80% of U.S. imports are goods. Capital goods, like commercial aircrafts and semiconductors, make up $678 billion (27%) of all goods imported. But then, consumer goods come in swinging. In 2019, the U.S. imported $654 billion of consumer goods. U.S. consumer spending is extremely dependent on these low-cost imported goods. Consumer spending drives almost 70% of the economy. But those American dollars aren’t always reinvested into local communities. According to ABC World News, if every American GROW 46 | JULY 2022 |