2019 Missouri Manufacturing Facts

Missouri Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Missouri account for 13.25% of the total output in the state, employing 9.44% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $40.39 billion in 2017. In addition, there were an average of 272.63 thousand manufacturing employees in Missouri in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $69,648.63 in 2017.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2017)
$40.39
(Percent share of total gross state product)
13.25%
Manufacturing Firms in Missouri (2016)
5,325

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2018)
272.63
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
9.44%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2017)
$69,648.63
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2017)
$45,676.51

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

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Missouri Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Missouri’s economy, with $13.19 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2018. That same year, $8.58 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 21.50% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 85.00% percent of all exporters in Missouri.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2018)
$13.19
(Percent share of total goods exports)
90.95%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2018)
14.87%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
65,152
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
21.50%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
85.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2018)
$8.58
(Percent of total exports, 2018)
65.03%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (NAFTA, 2018)
$7.50
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2018)
69.03%
Canada
40.60%
Mexico
16.30%
China
4.59%
Japan
3.84%
Belgium
3.70%

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.