Ohio Manufacturing Facts

Ohio is powered by manufacturing. Ohio manufacturing is responsible for almost 17% of Ohio’s Gross Domestic Product and contributes to the quality of life in Ohio by providing:

  • More than 600,000 jobs for Ohio workers
  • An annual payroll of more than $33 billion, the highest total annual wages of any non-government economic sector
  • More than $46 billion in products to more than 216 countries and territories
  • A safer environment through decreased emission and increased recycling

In 2009, about 10% of all Ohio workers were employed in manufacturing. Almost 50% of Ohio manufacturing firms employ fewer than 10 people, while 0.3% employs more than 1,000.

Manufacturing is the largest of the 20 sectors of Ohio’s economy with 16.7% of total output in 2010; durable goods were 9.8 percent and non-durable goods were 6.9 percent of output.

Ohio’s manufacturing sector produced $80.0 billion worth of goods in 2010, ranking it fifth in the nation after California, Texas, Illinois and North Carolina.

The average annual earnings of Ohio workers on manufacturing payrolls in 2010 were $53,281.

In the year 2011, Ohio was ranked first nationally in new site selections and the manufacturing was involved in 52% of the new site selections. Transportation equipment, fabricated metals, chemical and machinery manufacturers were the leading manufacturing investors in 2011.

In the year 2011, Ohio ranked third in manufacturing employment nationally, with 5.4% of manufacturing jobs nationwide. Ohio had 25,000 more manufacturing jobs in 2011 than in 2009. Also, 12.5% of Ohio nonfarm employees worked in manufacturing, compared to the national percent of nonfarm employees in manufacturing of 8.9%. In 2011, Ohio was the ninth largest exporting state and in the same year they exported $46.4B in goods to 216 countries and territories.

Ohio had 307,900 jobs linked to manufactured exports in 2009, 7.1% of Ohio’s private sector employment. U.S. manufactured-exports linked employment represented 4.8% of private sector employment.