Pharmaceutical and Medicine


What is the significance of pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing?

Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing represents one of the most competitive industries in the border region. The U.S.-Mexico Border States in particular are effective at taking advantage of production sharing capacities in Mexico, and in building trans-border industry clusters. The dynamics of Arizona’s employment in this industry sector provides a measure of Arizona’s capacity to build and sustain this important driver of its export economy.

What is measured?

Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing includes employment identified as Industry Group 3254 in the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). This sector encompasses establishments engaged in manufacturing biological and medical products, as well as variety of pharmaceutical products intended for internal and external products such as tablets, capsule, and ointments.

Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing - All Employees - Arizona - BLS

How competitive is Arizona?

To gauge Arizona’s relative competitiveness in the U.S. - Mexico region, pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing employment dynamics are compared with other U.S. Border States in terms of relative measures such as percentage shares. Data are provided on monthly and annual bases with indices of percentage change between observed periods.  

Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing - All Employees - Southern Border States - Trend


Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing - All Employees, in Thousands - AZ % of Southern Border States - NSA - Annual - BLS


Export-Based Economy - Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing - Index 2003 (2003 = 100)

Annual data

Annual data

The table on this page summarizes Pharmaceutical & Medicine Manufacturing employment in southern Border States on an annual basis. Data are updated following release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Click on any title to graph that series, and export. Or, click "download" at the base of the table to download the dataset, or customize based on a specified range.


U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics , Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. The QCEW surveys employers/ establishments and counts filled positions quarterly, and therefore may result in multiple job holders being counted more than once. Data presented are the annual number of Pharmaceutical & Medicine Manufacturing employees (not seasonally adjusted), in thousands, employed in each state.

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