Wisconsin Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Wisconsin account for 18.79% of the total output in the state, employing 15.99% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $63.31 billion in 2018. In addition, there were an average of 475,000 manufacturing employees in Wisconsin in 2018, with an average annual compensation of $71,226.21 in 2017.

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Wisconsin Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Wisconsin’s economy, with $21.24 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2018. That same year, $11.84 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 20.20% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 87.00% percent of all exporters in Wisconsin.

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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.