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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Job Creation

  • 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

  • IllinoisIllinois 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

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 8,606 Peace Corps volunteers from Illinois have served in dozens of countries overseas.10

Download the Fact Sheet

  1. http://businessroundtable.org/resources/state-data#map=Benefits_of_International_Trade
  2. http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/index.asp
  3. http://businessroundtable.org/resources/state-data#map=Benefits_of_International_Trade
  4. http://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/index.asp
  5. http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/state-fact-sheets.aspx#.U2ERwbQzqX20
  6. http://customermap.exim.gov/index.cfm
  7. http://www.opic.gov/sites/default/files/docs/OPIC_local_impact.pdf
  8. http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data/Fact-Sheets-by-US-State/2015
  9. http://www.iie.org/Research-and-Publications/Open-Doors/Data/Fact-Sheets-by-US-State/2015
  10. http://files.peacecorps.gov/images/news/releases/15-PRS-top-states_v1.pdf

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