Kentucky Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Kentucky account for 18.56% of the total output in the state, employing 13.04% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $38.67 billion in 2018. In addition, there were an average of 252,000 manufacturing employees in Kentucky in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $70,477.60 in 2017.

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Kentucky Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Kentucky’s economy, with $31.16 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2018. That same year, $12.12 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 23.50% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 79.00% percent of all exporters in Kentucky.

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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.