Nujiang realized GDP of RMB 6.46 billion in 2011, representing a rise of 18% year on year. The prefecture's GDP accounted for approximately 0.7% of Yunnan's total.
The agricultural sector, the smallest contributor to the prefecture's economy, generated value-added output of RMB 821.93 million in 2011, accounting for 13% of the prefecture's GDP. The output value from agricultural sector was RMB 1.25 billion in 2011, up 7.6% year on year.
Secondary industry (industry and construction), the second largest contributor to the prefecture's economy, realized value-added industrial output of RMB 2.4 billion, accounting for 37% of the prefecture's total.
In 2011, the gross industrial output increased 10.12% year on year to RMB 4.28 billion, of which, heavy industry generated RMB 3.96 billion, up 9.91% from a year earlier and accounted for 92.5% of the city’s total.
The service sector generated value-added output of RMB 3.24 billion, accounting for 50% of the prefecture's total GDP in 2011.
Tourism is the most important pillar for the service sector. During 2011, approximately 1.73 million tourists visited the prefecture, generating tourism income of RMB 996.85 million. The total import and export value of the prefecture amounted to RMB 405 million in 2011, including RMB 130 million from export value, up 23.81% year on year. Burma is the most important trading partner of the prefecture.