2020 Idaho Manufacturing Facts

Idaho Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Idaho account for 12.00% of the total output in the state, employing 9.29% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $9.24 billion in 2018. In addition, there were an average of 70,000 manufacturing employees in Idaho in 2019, with an average annual compensation of $72,439.44 in 2018.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2018)
$9.24
(Percent share of total gross state product)
12.00%
Manufacturing Firms in Idaho (2017)
1,783

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2019)
70,000
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
9.29%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2018)
$72,439.44
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2018)
$38,260.15

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

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Idaho Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Idaho’s economy, with $2.86 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2019. That same year, $1.38 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 18.00% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 84.00% percent of all exporters in Idaho.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2019)
$2.86
(Percent share of total goods exports)
83.26%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2019)
-38.87%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
17,710
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
18.00%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
84.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2019)
$1.38
(Percent of total exports, 2019)
48.18%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (USMCA, 2019)
$0.96
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2019)
33.61%
Canada
26.85%
Taiwan
14.52%
Singapore
7.42%
Mexico
6.76%
China
6.30%

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.