Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has declared October 2015 the third annual Arizona Manufacturer’s Month, to recognize the state’s 4,500 manufacturers and to encourage more such companies to locate here.

Arizona manufacturing output has risen to its highest level since the Great Recession and nearly recovered all of the output lost during that time.

According to RevAZ, a manufacturing promotion partnership between the Arizona Commerce Authority and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Arizona’s manufacturing output rose from a low output of about $20 billion in 2009 to more than $24 billion in 2013.

computer_chipBright spots in the state’s manufacturing ecosystem include ranking fourth in the nation in both semiconductor production and space and defense manufacturing in 2013. The same report noted that there were more than 4,500 places manufacturing goods here, 155,000 employed in manufacturing and the average wage was nearly $70,000 annually.

Put those statistics together and add in the fact that Arizona’s manufacturing businesses are high-tech, high-wage paying employers that comprise nearly 9 percent of the state’s entire Gross Domestic Product ($24 billion), and you have no choice but to conclude that Arizona employers are indeed manufacturing a revolution.

BY THE NUMBERS: Arizona Manufacturing

  • Total manufacturing employment exceeded 155,000 in 2013.
  • 1 Arizona manufacturing job supports an additional 1.30 jobs, which means there are 201,556 additional jobs in Arizona that are supported by manufacturing.
  • Over 80% of Arizona’s $19.4 billion in exports for 2013 were manufactured goods. The largest sectors for manufactured goods were: computer and electronic products, transportation equipment (which includes aircraft and spacecraft) and non-electrical machinery.
  • There were a total of 4,583 establishments that manufactured in Arizona in 2013.
  • The average yearly wage for a manufacturing position in 2013 was $69,060. This is more than 50% higher than the average wage for all positions in Arizona.
  • Arizona’s total manufacturing output contribution to state GDP was more than $24 billion in 2013, which accounts for nearly 9 percent of state GDP.
  • Arizona’s manufacturing sector has continued to see its output grow since The Great Recession and is at its highest level since then. Below is an overview of manufacturing output for the most recent years.

–  Source: Arizona Commerce Authority

-written by Josh Coddington, marketing and communications manager.

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