2019 West Virginia Manufacturing Facts

West Virginia Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in West Virginia account for 10.23% of the total output in the state, employing 6.48% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $7.85 billion in 2017. In addition, there were an average of 47.08 thousand manufacturing employees in West Virginia in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $70,553.19 in 2017.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2017)
$7.85
(Percent share of total gross state product)
10.23%
Manufacturing Firms in West Virginia (2016)
1,050

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2018)
47.08
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
6.48%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2017)
$70,553.19
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2017)
$41,731.04

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

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West Virginia Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive West Virginia’s economy, with $3.64 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2018. That same year, $1.50 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 20.60% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 76.00% percent of all exporters in West Virginia.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2018)
$3.64
(Percent share of total goods exports)
44.75%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2018)
0.92%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
18,014
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
20.60%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
76.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2018)
$1.50
(Percent of total exports, 2018)
41.36%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (NAFTA, 2018)
$1.22
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2018)
61.97%
Canada
29.21%
China
12.62%
Belgium
8.10%
Japan
7.44%
Germany
4.59%

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.