Illinois Facts & Figures
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As the sixth largest exporter in the U.S., and the largest in the Midwest, exports are a major part of the Illinois economy. Just last year, Illinois exports totaled over $60 billion, and overall trade supports more than 1.7 million jobs in the state.
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- Trade supported 1,711,100 jobs in Illinois in 2013, or 23% of total jobs.1
- In 2013, around 22,770 companies exported goods from Illinois. Small- and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees made up
90% of total Illinois exporters in 2013.2
- In 2013, 290,700 people in Illinois were employed by affiliates of companies that are at least 50% foreign-owned.3
Exports and Growth
- Illinois exported $63.4 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2015. Illinois’s largest markets in 2015 were:
- Canada ($17.4 billion)
- Mexico ($9.1 billion)
- China ($4.9 billion)
- Germany ($3.1 billion)
- Australia ($2.6 billion)4
- Agricultural exports are important to Illinois’s economy, totaling over $9.3 billion in 2014, according to the USDA.5
- Since 2011, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $4 billion in exports from 285 companies in 125 communities in Illinois.6
- Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $2.1 billion in Illinois companies for overseas investment.7
Education and Research
- In 2013-2014, 10,384 Illinois students studied abroad.8
- During 2015, 46,574 international students were enrolled in Illinois colleges and universities and contributed $1.4 billion to the Illinois economy.9
- Since 1961, 8,606 Peace Corps volunteers from Illinois have served in dozens of countries overseas.10