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Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
Glenn Hegar
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

Texas Manufacturing Snapshot

Statewide Manufact­uring Overview »

Texas has an extraordinary manufacturing economy. The state’s resources make it a natural leader in petroleum and chemical manufacturing; its research institutions have fostered computer-related and other high-tech manufacturing; and a business-friendly environment and skilled labor have helped create a burgeoning automotive manufacturing sector.

IN ALL, MANUFACTURING CONTRIBUTED $226 BILLION TO TEXAS’ GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) in 2016, an amount larger than the entire economy of Portugal.

While Texas’ manufacturing employment has diminished as a result of automation, technological advances and other factors, its economic output has increased. From 1997 through 2016, Texas’ manufacturing job count fell by 19 percent, but its real GDP rose by 98 percent.

Texas has 858,000 DIRECT MANUFACTURING JOBS, as well as another 2.2 MILLION JOBS indirectly created or supported by manufacturers. In 2016, average annual Texas wages in manufacturing approached $74,000, much higher than the statewide average of $54,000.


3,000,000
Direct & Indirect Employment


$225.8 Billion
Texas Manufacturing GDP


$73,738
Average Annual Wage


$210.3 Billion
Exports

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Regional Economic Models, Inc., Emsi, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration


Percent Change in Real Gross Domestic Product and Employment

Percent Change in Real Gross Domestic Product, 1997 to 2016
Year US Total US Manufacturing Texas Total Texas Manufacturing
1997 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
1998 4.3% 4.8% 6.2% 8.3%
1999 9.2% 10.6% 10.3% 6.6%
2000 13.5% 17.4% 14.0% 13.5%
2001 14.5% 12.7% 16.9% 16.7%
2002 16.6% 13.8% 18.6% 20.1%
2003 19.6% 19.6% 19.6% 24.5%
2004 23.8% 27.3% 25.3% 59.4%
2005 27.7% 30.2% 28.2% 54.5%
2006 31.2% 36.6% 36.2% 72.7%
2007 33.1% 41.0% 42.9% 86.7%
2008 32.4% 36.9% 43.7% 67.5%
2009 28.8% 26.5% 42.9% 59.5%
2010 31.6% 33.2% 46.6% 77.5%
2011 33.4% 33.6% 51.9% 85.7%
2012 36.0% 34.0% 60.5% 83.9%
2013 38.0% 36.6% 68.6% 103.1%
2014 41.1% 37.9% 74.9% 88.6%
2015 44.8% 40.1% 82.8% 98.7%
2016 47.0% 39.9% 83.6% 98.4%

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Largest Manufacturing Subsectors in Texas by GDP: Growth from 1997 to 2015

Largest Manufacturing Subsectors in Texas by GDP: Growth from 1997 to 2015
Subsector 1997 2015 Increase
Chemical products manufacturing $27.89 $44.42 59.3%
Computer and electronic products manufacturing $4.44 $30.39 584.3%
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing $18.21 $30.24 66.0%
Machinery manufacturing $7.50 $17.24 129.7%
Fabricated metal products $10.17 $13.35 31.2%
Motor vehicles, bodies and trailers, and parts manufacturing $2.75 $13.17 378.6%

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts

TEXAS MANU­FACT­URING OUTPUT HAS OUTPACED THE TOTAL TEXAS ECONOMY.

From 1997 through 2016, growth in Texas manufacturers’ economic output more than doubled U.S. manufacturing gains of 40 percent.

Texas manufacturing accounted for 10.4 percent of U.S. manufacturing GDP in 2016.

Between 1997 and 2016, manufacturing real GDP increased 98 percent, compared with an 84 percent gain across all Texas industries.

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts


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