Arizona benefits from its global engagement, exporting over $27 billion in goods last year, which supports more than 832,000 jobs in the state. Exports from Arizona’s strong computer and electronics manufacturing sector, as well as transportation related equipment, help drive economic growth.

Job Creation

  • In Arizona, 832,100 jobs were supported by international trade in 2019, representing 21.0% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2020, 7,265 companies exported goods from Arizona of which 86% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2018, 133,500 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.3,4

Exports and Growth

  • Arizona exported $24.1 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2021, a 22% increase compared to 2020 driven by continued economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy.5
    • Mexico ($8.7 billion)
    • Canada ($2.5 billion)
    • China ($1.5 billion)
    • Ireland ($1.1 billion)
    • Malaysia ($960 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Arizona's' economy, totaling $1.5 billion in 2020, according to the USDA.6
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $2 billion in exports from 71 companies in Arizona.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $120 million in exports from Arizona companies.9

Education and Research

  • During 2020, 25,677 international students were enrolled in Arizona colleges and universities and contributed $778 million to the Arizona economy.10

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 3,854 Peace Corps volunteers from Arizona have served in dozens of countries overseas.11