Kentucky by the numbers: 256,000

About 256,000 people, with an average annual wage of $45,443, are employed in manufacturing in Kentucky, according to the National Association of Manufacturers' most recent report. Manufacturing accounts for $27.3 billion, or 18.7 percent, of Kentucky's economy.

To assess what manufacturers need to do to stay competitive, the Kentucky Manufacturing Assistance Center is conducting an online survey. The Next Generation Manufacturing survey can be found at