Michigan Manufacturing Facts

Manufacturers in Michigan account for 18.55% of the total output in the state, employing 14.32% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $99.60 billion in 2019. In addition, there were an average of 568 manufacturing employees in Michigan in 2020, with an average annual compensation of $82,019.87 in 2019.

Manufacturing Output and Firms

Total Manufacturing Output ($billions, 2019)
$99.60
(Percent share of total gross state product)
18.55%
Manufacturing Firms in Michigan (2017)
11,265

Employment and Compensation

Manufacturing Employment (2020)
568
(Percent share of nonfarm employment)
14.32%
Average Annual Compensation (Manufacturing, 2019)
$82,019.87
(Nonfarm Businesses, 2019)
$50,711.46

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

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Michigan Export Facts

Manufacturers help to drive Michigan’s economy, with $41.82 billion in manufactured goods exports in 2020. That same year, $27.15 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 30.70% of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 89.00% percent of all exporters in Michigan.

Manufacturing Exports

Manufactured Goods Exports ($billions, 2020)
$41.82
(Percent share of total goods exports)
95.05%
U.S. Jobs Supported by Goods Exports (2016)
257,471
Employment from Manufacturing Exports (Export share of manufacturing jobs, 2011)
30.70%
Small Business Share of Total Exporters (2015)
89.00%
Manufactured Goods to Free Trade Agreement Partners ($billions, 2020)
$27.15
(Percent of total exports, 2020)
64.91%
Canada
37.68%
Mexico
20.69%
China
5.85%
Germany
3.84%
South Korea
2.91%

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.