Mfg. Profits Are 35% Above Pre-Recession Levels
Manufacturing profits have ranged between $146 billion and $153 billion over the last six quarters starting at the beginning of 2011, which contributed to record-setting profits in 2011 on an annual basis of almost $600 billion. Based on the first two quarters of this year, manufacturing profits are on track to approach $600 billion again this year.
In the three years before the recession started (2005-2007), manufacturing profits were averaging about $110.0 billion per quarter, so the recent average of $148.5 billion per quarter since 2011 puts current manufacturing profits 35% above pre-recession levels. This provides evidence of an industry that has not only made a complete recovery from the 2007-2009 recession, but shows that U.S. manufacturers as a group are now actually significantly more profitable than before the recession.