No matter what data you look at, manufacturing in the U.S. continues to increase.   Sales for all U.S. manufacturers exceeded $1.69 trillion in the 1st quarter of 2012.  In comparison, 1st quarter sales of manufacturing goods had falling to about $1.2  trillion at the deepest point of the ‘great recession’ in 2009.

Manufacturing levels have reached, and slightly exceeded  pre-recession economic output in nominal or non-inflation adjusted terms.  Before the recession, manufacturing 1st quarter sales were at $1.6 trillion in nominal or non-inflation adjusted terms.

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So where is a good source for manufacturing output information?

http://www.census.gov/econ/manufacturing.html

The U.S. Census industry portal is also a good source

http://www.census.gov/econ/isp/