Illinois Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Illinois account for 12.05% of the total output in the state, employing 9.74% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $106.68 billion in 2019. In addition, there were an average of 555 manufacturing employees in Illinois in 2020, with an average annual compensation of $90,506.17 in 2019.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2019)
$106.68
(Percent share of total gross state product)
12.05%
Manufacturing Firms in Illinois (2017)
12,077

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2020)
555
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
9.74%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2019)
$90,506.17
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2019)
$58,692.17

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

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Illinois Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Illinois’s economy, with $50.55 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2020. That same year, $27.45 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 26.90% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 90.00% percent of all exporters in Illinois.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2020)
$50.55
(Percent share of total goods exports)
94.47%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
267,941
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
26.90%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
90.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2020)
$27.45
(Percent of total exports, 2020)
54.29%
Canada
25.73%
Mexico
13.61%
Germany
6.81%
Australia
6.75%
China
5.45%

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.