Rhode Island Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Rhode Island account for 8.70% of the total output in the state, employing 7.84% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $5.31 billion in 2018. In addition, there were an average of 39,000 manufacturing employees in Rhode Island in 2019, with an average annual compensation of $73,251.20 in 2018.

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 3


Rhode Island Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Rhode Island’s economy, with $1.82 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2019. That same year, $0.90 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 16.90% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 88.00% percent of all exporters in Rhode Island.

Figure 4

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.