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. Nearly 560,000 jobs in South Carolina are supported by trade, and new jobs are being created every day.

Job Creation

  • Trade supported nearly 559,000 jobs in South Carolina in 2013, or 22% of total jobs.1
  • 30% of all manufacturing workers in South Carolina depended on exports for their jobs.2
  • In 2013, 115,900 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 over $34.9 billion in goods and services to foreign markets in 2014. South Carolina’s largest market in 2013 was China ($4.2 billion) followed by Germany ($3.9 billion), Canada ($3.6 billion), Mexico ($2.1 billion), and the UK ($1.9 billion).4
  • In 2013, around 5,832 companies exported goods from South Carolina. Of these, 85% were small- and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees.5
  • Agricultural exports are important to South Carolina’s economy, totaling more than $913 million annually.6
  • Since 2007, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed over $3.3 billion in exports from 82 companies in 41 communities in South Carolina.7
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested over $31,360,000 in South Carolina companies for investment overseas.8

Education and Research

  • In 2011-2012, 4,425 South Carolina students studied abroad.9
  • During 2014, 5,215 international students were enrolled in South Carolina colleges and universities and contributed nearly $126 million to the South Carolina economy.10

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,532 Peace Corps volunteers from South Carolina have served in dozens of countries overseas.11

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