At the center of the northeast corridor and with a long history of manufacturing, New Jersey has long played a central role in the global economy. The manufacturing, logistics, distribution, and transportation industry employed 652,131 in 2018 and remains a significant part of our economy. Manufacturing employers paid nearly $20 billion in total wages in 2018. At least 37% of this workforce does not have more than a high school diploma. Supply Chain Management contributed $66.9 billion to the state’s Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2018.