2019 Michigan Manufacturing Facts

Michigan Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Michigan account for 19.05% of the total output in the state, employing 14.24% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $96.22 billion in 2017. In addition, there were an average of 629.51 thousand manufacturing employees in Michigan in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $79,320.10 in 2017.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2017)
$96.22
(Percent share of total gross state product)
19.05%
Manufacturing Firms in Michigan (2016)
11,281

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2018)
629.51
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
14.24%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2017)
$79,320.10
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2017)
$48,632.03

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

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Michigan Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Michigan’s economy, with $55.35 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2018. That same year, $37.43 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 30.70% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 89.00% percent of all exporters in Michigan.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2018)
$55.35
(Percent share of total goods exports)
95.53%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2018)
32.38%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
257,471
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
30.70%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
89.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2018)
$37.43
(Percent of total exports, 2018)
67.62%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (NAFTA, 2018)
$34.09
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2018)
73.89%
Canada
39.47%
Mexico
22.12%
China
6.32%
Germany
3.48%
Japan
2.50%

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.