Manufacturers in South Dakota account for 9.1 percent of the total output in the state, employing 10.2 percent of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $4.16 billion in 2014. In addition, there were 44,000 manufacturing employees in South Dakota in 2015, with an average annual compensation of $52,952 in 2014. Manufacturers also help to drive South Dakota’s economy, with $1.31 billion in manufactured goods exported in 2015. That same year, $0.97 billion in exports was with our free trade agreement (FTA) partners. This helps create jobs in the state, and 17.1% percent of its employment stemmed from exports in 2011. Small businesses comprised 75.4 percent of all exporters in South Dakota. (National Association of Manufacturers, www.nam.org.)
Locally, we boast our 46 manufacturing businesses in Brookings County. Our county has the 2nd largest number of manufacturing employees in the state and manufacturing is also the 2nd largest industry in South Dakota. Did you know that 1 in 4 workers in our county works for a manufacturing company? All in there are nearly 4,400 employees in the manufacturing industry countywide with an average annual salary of nearly $55,500. This helps make up the estimated 42,500 people working in manufacturing jobs throughout South Dakota and this number is expected to grow by 7 percent by 2024!
We at the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce support and applaud our men and women who make up one in every four jobs in our county. As October celebrates Manufacturing Week, we celebrate the hard work and commitment for the betterment of Brookings County that exists in the strength of our manufacturing industry. Thank you to all of you that lead, create, shape and build for our future. We are a better place because of you!