Florida is a global business hub because of its location at the commercial crossroads of the Americas, as well as its well-developed port infrastructure, and multilingual workforce. Florida's attractive business climate helped it export $55 billion in goods in 2017, which helped support nearly 2.2 million jobs in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Florida, 2,190,000 jobs (18.7%) are supported by trade, including 232,253 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 59,617 companies exported goods from Florida of which 95% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 327,200 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Florida exported $55 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Florida's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • Brazil ($4.1 billion)
    • Canada ($3.5 billion)
    • Mexico ($3 billion)
    • Germany ($2.3 billion)
    • Colombia ($2.3 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Florida's' economy, totaling $3.4 billion in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $6 billion in exports from 589 companies in Florida.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $2.2 billion in Florida companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 11,543 Florida students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 45,718 international students were enrolled in Florida colleges and universities and contributed $1.4 billion to the Florida economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 8,237 Peace Corps volunteers from Florida have served in dozens of countries overseas.7