Missouri: Facts and Figures

Missouri’s machinery, chemicals, and food industries all benefit from international engagement. In 2019, Missouri exported over $13 billion worth of goods to foreign markets, benefiting more than 6,200 Missouri companies -- of which 85% are small and medium sized businesses. Overall, international trade supports more than 760,000 jobs in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Missouri, 767,200 jobs were supported by international trade in 2018, representing 20.3% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2018, 6,228 companies exported goods from Missouri of which 85% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2017, 128,600 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2,3

Exports and Growth

  • Missouri exported $13.4 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2019. Missouri's largest markets in 2019 were:4
    • Canada ($4.9 billion)
    • Mexico ($2.3 billion)
    • China ($598 million)
    • Japan ($477 million)
    • Germany ($476 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Missouri's' economy, totaling $3.9 billion in 2018, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $898 million in exports from 79 companies in Missouri.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation - which has been modernized into the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) - has invested $362 million in Missouri companies for overseas investment.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $221 million in exports from Missouri companies, supporting an estimated 1,270 jobs in the state.8

Education and Research

  • In 2017-2018, 5,349 Missouri students studied abroad.9
  • During 2019, 22,428 international students were enrolled in Missouri colleges and universities and contributed $638 million to the Missouri economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 3,593 Peace Corps volunteers from Missouri have served in dozens of countries overseas.10