2019 Nebraska Manufacturing Facts

Nebraska Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Nebraska account for 11.17% of the total output in the state, employing 9.74% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $13.60 billion in 2017. In addition, there were an average of 99.68 thousand manufacturing employees in Nebraska in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $62,518.61 in 2017.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2017)
$13.60
(Percent share of total gross state product)
11.17%
Manufacturing Firms in Nebraska (2016)
1,596

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2018)
99.68
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
9.74%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2017)
$62,518.61
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2017)
$43,991.56

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

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Nebraska Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Nebraska’s economy, with $6.48 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2018. That same year, $3.17 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 15.90% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 81.00% percent of all exporters in Nebraska.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2018)
$6.48
(Percent share of total goods exports)
81.55%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2018)
40.89%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
32,059
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
15.90%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
81.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2018)
$3.17
(Percent of total exports, 2018)
48.98%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (NAFTA, 2018)
$2.22
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2018)
60.04%
Canada
20.67%
Mexico
13.55%
Japan
12.69%
South Korea
7.42%
China
5.71%

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.