2019 Utah Manufacturing Facts

Utah Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Utah account for 11.01% of the total output in the state, employing 8.77% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $18.23 billion in 2017. In addition, there were an average of 133.16 thousand manufacturing employees in Utah in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $68,974.36 in 2017.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2017)
$18.23
(Percent share of total gross state product)
11.01%
Manufacturing Firms in Utah (2016)
3,193

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2018)
133.16
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
8.77%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2017)
$68,974.36
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2017)
$42,956.52

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

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Utah Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Utah’s economy, with $13.59 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2018. That same year, $3.28 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 19.90% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 86.00% percent of all exporters in Utah.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2018)
$13.59
(Percent share of total goods exports)
94.55%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2018)
3.59%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
49,640
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
19.90%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
86.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2018)
$3.28
(Percent of total exports, 2018)
24.11%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (NAFTA, 2018)
$2.25
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2018)
64.75%
United Kingdom
37.48%
Canada
12.19%
Hong Kong
5.39%
Taiwan
5.19%
Japan
4.51%

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.