2019 Maine Manufacturing Facts

Maine Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Maine account for 9.56% of the total output in the state, employing 8.27% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $5.87 billion in 2017. In addition, there were an average of 51.99 thousand manufacturing employees in Maine in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $64,674.92 in 2017.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2017)
$5.87
(Percent share of total gross state product)
9.56%
Manufacturing Firms in Maine (2016)
1,600

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2018)
51.99
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
8.27%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2017)
$64,674.92
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2017)
$39,827.16

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

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Maine Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Maine’s economy, with $1.70 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2018. That same year, $0.80 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 17.10% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 83.00% percent of all exporters in Maine.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2018)
$1.70
(Percent share of total goods exports)
60.32%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2018)
-34.69%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
9,396
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
17.10%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
83.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2018)
$0.80
(Percent of total exports, 2018)
47.05%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (NAFTA, 2018)
$0.19
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2018)
58.09%
Canada
34.84%
China
8.44%
Malaysia
7.07%
Italy
4.31%
Japan
3.43%

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.