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Employment in the Major Shipbuilders

Most recent update: February 13, 2009.


Source: MARAD

(1) Figures for 1998, 1999 and 2000 are from sources other than MARAD or are estimated, because MARAD failed to publish the statutorily required annual survey in those years.  In addition, MARAD has not published the survey since 2004.

(2) Figures for Electric Boat from 1973 through 1984 are estimated.

Year Atlantic Coast Gulf Coast Pacific Coast Great Lakes Major Builders % of Total All Other Yards % of Total All Private-Sector Shipyards Year
Bath Iron Works Bethlehem Sparrows Point Electric Boat Quincy Newport News Seatrain Sun Ship Alabama Avondale Bethlehem Beaumont Ingalls Levingston Lockheed NASSCO Todd San Pedro Todd Seattle AmShip Lorain Bay
1973 2,245 3,925 20,000 2,440 26,600 2,725 4,080 2,640 7,330 2,735 17,000 1,850 1,500 3,310 1,350 565 730 615 101,640 68% 47,360 32% 149,000 1973
1974 3,840 3,560 20,000 2,800 24,000 3,135 3,675 2,930 6,350 2,840 18,890 1,850 1,900 4,700 3,440 1,765 930 800 107,405 67% 53,595 33% 161,000 1974
1975 3,675 4,270 20,000 4,650 22,400 2,000 4,450 3,200 6,440 3,075 22,500 2,080 1,740 5,230 2,460 1,200 820 1,100 111,290 72% 42,710 28% 154,000 1975
1976 3,300 4,040 20,000 4,800 23,600 2,000 3,700 3,730 6,300 1,320 23,760 2,010 1,700 6,300 2,035 400 800 1,200 110,995 66% 57,005 34% 168,000 1976
1977 3,430 3,225 20,800 5,080 26,000 1,790 4,480 3,430 6,900 1,240 24,900 2,100 2,875 6,050 1,640 1,060 1,000 1,540 117,540 68% 56,560 32% 174,100 1977
1978 4,460 3,350 20,000 5,860 25,000 1,820 3,920 2,640 6,180 1,800 20,750 1,800 2,990 5,430 2,622 2,000 1,116 1,900 113,638 66% 58,362 34% 172,000 1978
1979 5,311 2,450 17,920 4,856 22,400   4,000 1,500 7,494 1,937 16,926 2,069 2,370 6,356 3,124 3,770 1,000 2,000 105,483 61% 67,817 39% 173,300 1979
1980 6,119 2,866 18,320 3,650 22,900   4,100 2,300 7,507 2,177 11,170 2,380 1,700 6,600 4,414 4,680 930 1,550 103,363 58% 74,637 42% 178,000 1980
1981 6,565 2,964 19,200 2,700 24,000   2,158 2,019 7,300 2,300 12,700 2,470 2,230 6,775 5,241 4,780 100 1,500 105,002 56% 81,698 44% 186,700 1981
1982 7,300 500 20,000 2,800 25,000   1,450 2,900 5,360 1,500 12,350 1,200 2,000 6,180 5,761 4,500 360 1,100 100,261 58% 71,339 42% 171,600 1982
1983 7,720 1,556 22,608 2,400 28,260   1,240 2,700 5,188 1,167 10,200 200 3,000 3,463 5,000 3,056 50 273 98,081 69% 44,619 31% 142,700 1983
1984 6,800 2,240 22,490 4,900 28,112   1,120 465 4,342 1,690 9,760 200 2,799 4,770 3,340 1,730   243 95,001 65% 50,799 35% 145,800 1984
1985 6,795 1,185 24,400 4,420 30,000   1,190 650 4,600 900 11,550   2,047 4,630 2,700 975   589 96,631 70% 41,669 30% 138,300 1985
1986 6,680 1,290 24,527   28,500   1,200 950 5,600 150 12,700   1,450 3,920 2,640 850   1,500 91,957 70% 39,043 30% 131,000 1986
1987 7,500 1,970 19,808   25,350   1,870 590 6,450 500 11,850     2,145 1,548 930   980 81,491 66% 42,609 34% 124,100 1987
1988 8,524 1,980 23,220   27,000   1,685 560 6,650   11,650     2,015 1,150 1,670   120 86,224 70% 36,376 30% 122,600 1988
1989 9,600 1,252 21,827   26,000     130 7,782   10,500     2,650   1,670   1,576 82,987 66% 42,613 34% 125,600 1989
1990 10,516 1,107 22,247   25,945     190 6,512   12,978     3,950   2,552   479 86,476 66% 43,824 34% 130,300 1990
1991 9,504 539 18,001   27,000     239 7,211   15,531     3,931   1,278   479 83,713 64% 47,287 36% 131,000 1991
1992 9,298 1,279 19,222   24,442     264 6,008   16,072     4,085   705   161 81,536 66% 42,264 34% 123,800 1992
1993 8,663 617 17,912   22,501     264 5,045   15,289     4,085   902   111 75,389 67% 36,911 33% 112,300 1993
1994 8,540 828 16,618   20,900     330 5,776   14,733     3,271   700   127 71,823 67% 35,377 33% 107,200 1994
1995 8,300 622 15,111   19,500     218 5,150   14,081     4,500   800   128 68,410 65% 36,590 35% 105,000 1995
1996 7,501 959 12,824   18,000     697 5,178   11,305     4,085   1,050   128 61,727 61% 38,673 39% 100,400 1996
1997 7,236 857 10,303   18,236     709 5,114   9,420     4,293   1,050   128 57,346 58% 41,254 42% 98,600 1997
1998 7,133 770 10,000   18,000     694 5,550   10,800     3,951   1,120   183 58,201 56% 46,199 44% 104,400 1998
1999 7,029 680 9,700   17,300     679 5,500   11,100     3,609   1,100   238 56,935 57% 43,565 43% 100,500 1999
2000 6,926 590 9,400   18,000     664 5,500   10,600     3,267   900   295 56,142 59% 38,958 41% 95,100 2000
2001 6,823 500 9,239   16,968     649 5,388   10,120     2,925   792   350 53,754 57% 41,246 43% 95,000 2001
2002 6,492 462 9,791   17,856     699 5,519   10,113     3,183   815   502 55,432 58% 39,368 42% 94,800 2002
2003 6,738   8,887   17,440     139 6,953   10,523     3,637   1,195   223 55,735 58% 39,365 42% 95,100 2003
2004 6,546   9,660   18,718     137 7,590   12,237     4,030   700   514 60,132 61% 37,668 39% 97,800 2004