2019 Delaware Manufacturing Facts

Delaware Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Delaware account for 5.93% of the total output in the state, employing 5.86% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $4.36 billion in 2017. In addition, there were an average of 27.07 thousand manufacturing employees in Delaware in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $75,244.51 in 2017.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2017)
$4.36
(Percent share of total gross state product)
5.93%
Manufacturing Firms in Delaware (2016)
538

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2018)
27.07
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
5.86%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2017)
$75,244.51
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2017)
$52,310.84

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau

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Delaware Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Delaware’s economy, with $4.43 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2018. That same year, $1.28 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 21.00% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 87.00% percent of all exporters in Delaware.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2018)
$4.43
(Percent share of total goods exports)
94.16%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2018)
-7.05%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
19,075
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
21.00%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
87.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2018)
$1.28
(Percent of total exports, 2018)
27.25%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (NAFTA, 2018)
$0.69
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2018)
44.16%
Canada
53.04%
United Kingdom
40.22%
China
37.85%
Belgium
36.27%
Saudi Arabia
28.21%

Sources: International Trade Administration, U.S. Census Bureau

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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.