2019 Idaho Manufacturing Facts

Idaho Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Idaho account for 11.49% of the total output in the state, employing 9.24% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $8.26 billion in 2017. In addition, there were an average of 68.13 thousand manufacturing employees in Idaho in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $70,052.70 in 2017.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2017)
$8.26
(Percent share of total gross state product)
11.49%
Manufacturing Firms in Idaho (2016)
1,714

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2018)
68.13
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
9.24%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2017)
$70,052.70
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2017)
$37,425.61

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

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Idaho Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Idaho’s economy, with $3.50 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2018. That same year, $1.48 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 18.00% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 84.00% percent of all exporters in Idaho.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2018)
$3.50
(Percent share of total goods exports)
86.92%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2018)
-25.20%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
17,710
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
18.00%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
84.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2018)
$1.48
(Percent of total exports, 2018)
36.70%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (NAFTA, 2018)
$0.94
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2018)
64.28%
Canada
21.92%
Taiwan
17.24%
China
10.89%
Singapore
8.90%
United Kingdom
5.34%

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.