2020 North Dakota Manufacturing Facts

North Dakota Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in North Dakota account for 7.39% of the total output in the state, employing 6.03% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $4.04 billion in 2018. In addition, there were an average of 26,000 manufacturing employees in North Dakota in 2019, with an average annual compensation of $63,611.53 in 2018.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2018)
$4.04
(Percent share of total gross state product)
7.39%
Manufacturing Firms in North Dakota (2017)
627

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2019)
26,000
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
6.03%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2018)
$63,611.53
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2018)
$49,032.94

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

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North Dakota Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive North Dakota’s economy, with $3.60 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2019. That same year, $3.23 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 13.90% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 82.00% percent of all exporters in North Dakota.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2019)
$3.60
(Percent share of total goods exports)
53.34%
Growth in Manufactured Goods Exports (2010–2019)
112.14%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
9,959
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
13.90%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
82.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2019)
$3.23
(Percent of total exports, 2019)
89.78%
Total Manufactured Goods Exports to Canada and Mexico (USMCA, 2019)
$3.13
Top Five Export Markets (Percent of total manufactured goods exports, 2019)
86.96%
Canada
84.21%
Mexico
2.75%
Australia
2.25%
Germany
1.59%
Brazil
1.45%

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.