2020 Delaware Manufacturing Facts

Delaware Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Delaware account for 6.27% of the total output in the state, employing 5.90% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $4.70 billion in 2018. In addition, there were an average of 28,000 manufacturing employees in Delaware in 2019, with an average annual compensation of $77,547.82 in 2018.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2018)
$4.70
(Percent share of total gross state product)
6.27%
Manufacturing Firms in Delaware (2017)
528

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2019)
28,000
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
5.90%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2018)
$77,547.82
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2018)
$52,384.94

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

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Delaware Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Delaware’s economy, with $4.06 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2019. That same year, $1.09 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 21.00% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 87.00% percent of all exporters in Delaware.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2019)
$4.06
(Percent share of total goods exports)
91.71%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2019)
-14.77%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
19,075
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
21.00%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
87.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2019)
$1.09
(Percent of total exports, 2019)
26.85%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (USMCA, 2019)
$0.56
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2019)
13.67%
United Kingdom
12.62%
China
11.41%
Canada
9.67%
Germany
5.55%
Belgium
4.56%

Sources: International Trade Administration, U.S. Census Bureau

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Additional Trade Facts

  • The 20 U.S. FTA partners purchased 48.3% ($659.49 billion) of U.S. manufactured goods exports in 2019 – 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.