Delaware Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Delaware account for 6.30% of the total output in the state, employing 5.84% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $4.86 billion in 2019. In addition, there were an average of 25 manufacturing employees in Delaware in 2020, with an average annual compensation of $79,813.11 in 2019.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2019)
$4.86
(Percent share of total gross state product)
6.30%
Manufacturing Firms in Delaware (2017)
528

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2020)
25
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
5.84%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2019)
$79,813.11
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2019)
$53,479.77

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 $3.63 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2020. That same year, $1.28 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, 2020)
$3.63
(Percent share of total goods exports)
92.59%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
19,075
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
21.00%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
87.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2020)
$1.28
(Percent of total exports, 2020)
35.25%
China
14.00%
Canada
11.68%
South Korea
10.83%
Switzerland
6.33%
Germany
5.97%

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.