While Indiana's transportation and industrial manufacturing have long been profitable exports, its pharmaceutical exports are increasingly a driver of growth for the state Ð leading to nearly $38 billion worth of goods exports in 2017. Overall, Indiana's international engagement supports over 700,000 jobs in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Indiana, 707,800 jobs (18.3%) are supported by trade, including 182,228 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 8,313 companies exported goods from Indiana of which 85% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 190,900 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Indiana exported $37.8 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Indiana's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • Canada ($13 billion)
    • Mexico ($5 billion)
    • China ($2 billion)
    • Japan ($1.6 billion)
    • France ($1.5 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Indiana's' economy, totaling $4.6 billion in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $2 billion in exports from 83 companies in Indiana.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $92 million in Indiana companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 10,883 Indiana students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 30,600 international students were enrolled in Indiana colleges and universities and contributed $1 billion to the Indiana economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 3,425 Peace Corps volunteers from Indiana have served in dozens of countries overseas.7