MARYLAND AT A GLANCE

ECONOMY

MANUFACTURING


[photo, General Motors (GM) Plant, White Marsh (Baltimore County), Maryland]
  • Most Important Manufactures
  • Maryland Manufacturing & Production, Department of Commerce
  • In 2015, manufacturing provided $20.2 billion to Maryland's gross domestic product, up from $19.6 billion in 2014. Employing about 102,000 people, approximately 3,000 manufacturing firms conduct their operations in Maryland.

    General Motors (GM) Plant, White Marsh (Baltimore County), Maryland, May 2015. Photo by Sarah A. Hanks.


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the highest employment in 2013 was in the computer and electronic products industry (15,716 jobs), the food manufacturing industry (11,976 jobs), and chemical manufacturing (9,937 jobs). With total value of shipments of manufactured goods in 2014 at $40.2 billion, total annual payroll by Maryland manufacturers was $6.0 billion paid to 97,994 workers.

    In 2014, Maryland manufacturing was led by chemical manufactures ($5.1 billion), computer and electronic product manufactures ($4.3 billion), food, beverage and tobacco manufactures ($3.4 billion), and plastics and rubber manufactures ($957 million).


    MOST IMPORTANT MANUFACTURES

    2012 2013 2014
    Computer & electronic products $4,098,000,000 $4,404,000,000 $4,261,000,000
    Chemicals $4,895,000,000 $5,213,000,000 $5,111,000,000
    Food, beverage & tobacco products $3,021,000,000 $3,110,000,000 $3,468,000,000
    Fabricated metal products $802,000,000 $779,000,000 $814,000,000
    Plastics & rubber products $1,010,000,000 $1,046,000,000 $957,000,000
    Printing and related support activities $702,000,000 $698,000,000 $644,000,000
    Machinery $724,000,000 $707,000,000 $712,000,000


    2009 2010 2011
    Computer & electronic products $4,069,000,000 $4,078,000,000 $4,097,000,000
    Chemicals $4,847,000,000 $5,892,000,000 $5,964,000,000
    Food, beverage & tobacco products $3,469,000,000 $3,193,000,000 $2,749,000,000
    Fabricated metal products $981,000,000 $888,000,000 $773,000,000
    Plastics & rubber products $850,000,000 $804,000,000 $844,000,000
    Printing and related support activities $736,000,000 $635,000,000 $610,000,000
    Machinery $648,000,000 $729,000,000 $821,000,000


    2006 2007 2008
    Computer & electronic products $2,422,000,000 $2,916,000,000 $3,885,000,000
    Food products* $2,739,000,000 $2,991,000,000 $3,181,000,000
    Chemicals $3,247,000,000 $3,898,000,000 $3,376,000,000
    Fabricated metal products $931,000,000 $998,000,000 $1,086,000,000
    Printing and related support activities $1,065,000,000 $1,131,000,000 $1,004,000,000
    Machinery $1,048,000,000 $816,000,000 $709,000,000
    Plastics & rubber products $769,000,000 $633,000,000 $581,000,000

    *(in 2007, the classification for food products was redesignated as Food and beverage and tobacco products)

    2003 2004 2005
    Chemicals $2,687,000,000 $2,965,000,000 $2,611,000,000
    Food products $2,110,000,000 $2,281,000,000 $2,369,000,000
    Computer & electronic products $2,326,000,000 $2,514,000,000 $2,515,000,000
    Printing and related support activities $923,000,000 $870,000,000 $1,001,000,000
    Fabricated metal products $865,000,000 $849,000,000 $952,000,000
    Machinery $894,000,000 $1,057,000,000 $770,000,000
    Plastics & rubber products $733,000,000 $777,000,000 $750,000,000


    2000 2001 2002
    Chemicals $2,909,000,000 $3,640,000,000 $3,063,000,000
    Food products $2,050,000,000 $2,202,000,000 $2,409,000,000
    Computer & electronic products $1,488,000,000 $1,708,000,000 $1,990,000,000
    Machinery $899,000,000 $958,000,000 $1,195,000,000
    Printing and related support activities $939,000,000 $975,000,000 $975,000,000
    Fabricated metal products $920,000,000 $902,000,000 $824,000,000
    Plastics & rubber products $672,000,000 $668,000,000 $778,000,000


    1997 1998 1999
    Chemicals $2,000,000,000 $2,319,000,000 $2,788,000,000
    Food products $2,135,000,000 $1,793,000,000 $2,150,000,000
    Computer & electronic products $2,351,000,000 $2,278,000,000 $1,833,000,000
    Printing and related support activities $823,000,000 $885,000,000 $970,000,000
    Machinery $966,000,000 $1,045,000,000 $1,092,000,000
    Fabricated metal products $850,000,000 $892,000,000 $832,000,000
    Primary metals $1,063,000,000 $918,000,000 $735,000,000


    1996
    Food & kindred products $2,728,700,000
    Chemicals & allied products $2,360,800,000
    Printing & publishing $2,175,600,000
    Primary metal industries $1,465,700,000
    Industrial machinery & equipment $1,429,700,000
    Instruments & related products $1,266,600,000
    Electric, electronic equipment $1,142,400,000

    Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis

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