South Carolina Facts & Figures

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South Carolina’s exports reach across the globe, including developing countries like Chile, India, and the Dominican Republic. South Carolina’s manufacturing prowess in vehicles and machinery, and its coastal location and ports, all help support growing export and international business opportunities. Over 570,000 jobs in South Carolina are supported by trade, and new jobs are being created every day.

South Carolina Advisory Committee

Honorary Co-Chairs

Hon. Richard W. Riley

Governor (1979-1987)
U.S. Secretary of Education (1993-2001)

Hon. David H. Wilkins

U.S. Ambassador to Canada (2005-2008)
Speaker, S.C. House of Representatives (1994-2005)

In South Carolina, the USGLC partners with a diverse group of business, non-profit, academic, and military leaders to form state-wide Advisory Committees. The USGLC Advisory Committee works across South Carolina to educate and inspire support from South Carolinians and policymakers on the importance of America’s civilian-led tools of diplomacy and development.

Full South Carolina Advisory Committee List

Job Creation

  • Trade supported 579,300 jobs in South Carolina in 2013, or 23% of total jobs.1
  • In 2013, around 5,832 companies exported goods from South Carolina. Small- and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees made up 85% of total South Carolina exporters in 2013.2
  • In 2013, 127,300 people in South Carolina were employed by affiliates of companies that are at least 50% foreign-owned.3

Exports and Growth

  • South CarolinaSouth Carolina exported $30.9 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2015. South Carolina’s largest markets in 2015 were:
    • China ($4.4 billion)
    • Germany ($3.9 billion)
    • Canada ($3.7 billion)
    • United Kingdom ($2.8 billion)
    • Mexico ($2.4 billion)4
  • Agricultural exports are important to South Carolina’s economy, totaling over $920 million in 2014, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2011, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $4 billion in exports from 58 companies in 37 communities in South Carolina.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $31.4 million in South Carolina companies for overseas investment.7

Education and Research

  • In 2013-2014, 4,737 South Carolina students studied abroad.8
  • During 2015, 5,895 international students were enrolled in South Carolina colleges and universities and contributed $157 million to the South Carolina economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,570 Peace Corps volunteers from South Carolina have served in dozens of countries overseas.10

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