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From Cambridge Dictionary

Manufacturing industry added 1,300 jobs in the region

sometimes, "manufacturing industry" and "manufacturing sector" are the same thing.

Is the sentence common and natural?

Manufacturing sector added 1,300 jobs in the region

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First of all, the sentence as given lacks a definite article which is needed. That is, it should read:

The manufacturing sector added 1,300 jobs in the region.

As for "sector" vs" industry" I wouls tend to favor"sector" myself, and my impression is that i have read "sector" in news stories of this kind more often. Also theis Google Ngram shows "sector" to be used in this constructions significantly more often (in the Ngrams corpus) since about 1960. As always, some care s due in using Ngrams results, they can be deceptive.

But I am sure that either "industry" or "sector is perfectly grammatical and natural in thus use.

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  • The Cambridge dictionary link has no article in front of “Manufacturing industry”. I personally would use a definite article there (and in front of manufacturing sector), but I wonder if it is a mistake in their corpus or if it’s possible to drop the article with industry in some circumstances. For example, nist.gov/el/applied-economics-office/manufacturing/… I think it might just be when used as an attributive though.
    – ColleenV
    Apr 14 at 11:44
  • @ColleenV I don't think in the construction above, the article should be omitted. In a headline or title, sure, or in a phrase such as "another manufacturing industry". Note that the text you link to never uses it without an article in prose.
    – David Siegel
    Apr 14 at 13:36
  • Yeah, I couldn't find a good example, which somewhat supports that the example sentence in the dictionary isn't a great choice. I may even be a headline instead of a sentence.
    – ColleenV
    Apr 14 at 13:38
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I would say more naturally sounds: Manufacturing industry created jobs in the region than 'added jobs'. Sector sounds more like a specific ´branch´ of industry, so industry and sector are 'almost synonyms', just depending on the whole context.

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A sector in this context is a division of the country's economic activity https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/sector , so the manufacturing sector could be a synonym for manufacturing industry.

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