Seriously? I did a quik search: In 2018 we produced 18% of world's goods at a value of around $2.5trillion. https://www.thebalance.com/u-s-manufacturing-what-it-is-statistics-and-outlook-3305575My knowledge is about a decade outdated I reckon but moderately skilled assembly line workers in china were paid less than a dollar an hour. No benefits so that was total cost to the employer. The same position paid about thirty an hour in the US with benefits and safety practices in the US kicking the cost per employee up to over fifty an hour.
The only thing amazing is that the US has still managed to manufacture a few things when the cost for US labor is fifty times or more what it is in third world countries. china should be called emerging at this point and is farming out some of it's manufacturing to bottom of the heap countries near them like north korea.
Aside from true costs there are tariffs. Someone asked years ago why we couldn't sell our cars in south korea when they first started into our market. Their economy car sold for about ten thousand or a bit less here. After tariffs our economy car sold for over forty thousand US there. Try selling a Vega for over forty thousand!
There is a lot of garbage from overseas and I don't know if some of the countries can match our raw material quality. With the coming of NC manufacturing there is little reason they can't turn out products that are well made if they desire to. china is the biggest thief of military and trade secrets in the world. Just a question of how well they implement them after that, plus, their R&D can start from the level of their theft and improve from there instead of starting from ground zero.
It is going to become increasingly hard for the US manufacturers to compete in the world market, even in the US market. US buyers have long shown a tendency to value low cost over quality. Hard to guess where we are going to end up. Unless the US buyer comes to value quality or the US starts using reciprocal tariffs as some countries do, hard to see US manufacturers surviving. We have a partially service based economy including medical, quite a few sucking on the government teat one way or another, many of the rest are pencil pushers of one sort or another.
How can the US economy survive when we basically produce nothing? Damned if I know.