South Dakota: Facts and Figures

Job Creation

  • Trade supported 130,000 jobs in 2013, or 22% of total jobs.
  • In 2013, 939 companies exported goods from South Dakota. Small- and medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees made up 75% of total South Dakota exporters in 2013.
  • In 2013, 12,500 people in South Dakota were employed by a liates of companies that are at least 50% foreign-owned.

Exports and Growth

  • South Dakota exported $1.4 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2015. South Dakota's larget markets in 2015 were:
    • Canada ($527 million)
    • Mexico ($404 million)
    • Saudi Arabia ($64 million)
    • Japan ($36 million)
    • China ($34 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to South Dakota's' economy, totaling over $4.3 billion in 2014, according to the USDA.
  • Since 2011, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $29 million in exports from 13 companies in 9 communities in South Dakota.
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $3.1 million in South Dakota companies for overseas investment.

Education and Research

  • In 2013-2014, 757 South Dakota students studied abroad.
  • During 2015, 1,782 international students were enrolled in South Dakota colleges and universities and contributed $32 million to the South Dakota economy.

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 646 Peace Corps volunteers from South Dakota have served in dozens of countries overseas.