Arkansas Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Arkansas account for 15.50% of the total output in the state, employing 12.72% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $19.85 billion in 2018. In addition, there were an average of 161,000 manufacturing employees in Arkansas in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $58,343.71 in 2017.

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Arkansas Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Arkansas’s economy, with $5.87 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2018. That same year, $2.62 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 14.10% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 80.00% percent of all exporters in Arkansas.

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Additional Trade Facts

  • The 20 U.S. FTA partners purchased nearly 49 percent ($679.46 billion) of U.S. manufactured goods exports in 2018 – even though these countries represent only six percent of the world’s population and 10 percent of GDP.
  • FTA countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea.