Nebraska: Facts and Figures

Nebraska is rapidly increasing its exports to markets in Asia, with destinations including Japan, South Korea, and China. Overall, Nebraska's international trade supports more than 270,000 Nebraska jobs, with more than 1,800 companies exporting goods in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Nebraska, 270,700 jobs were supported by international trade in 2018, representing 20.3% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2018, 1,870 companies exported goods from Nebraska of which 80% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2017, 31,400 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2,3

Exports and Growth

  • Nebraska exported $7.5 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2019. Nebraska's largest markets in 2019 were:4
    • Mexico ($1.7 billion)
    • Canada ($1.6 billion)
    • Japan ($817 million)
    • South Korea ($470 million)
    • China ($343 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Nebraska's' economy, totaling $6.8 billion in 2018, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $358 million in exports from 30 companies in Nebraska.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation - which has been modernized into the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) - has invested $1.2 billion in Nebraska companies for overseas investment.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $50 million in exports from Nebraska companies, supporting an estimated 300 jobs in the state.8

Education and Research

  • In 2017-2018, 1,984 Nebraska students studied abroad.9
  • During 2019, 5,628 international students were enrolled in Nebraska colleges and universities and contributed $178 million to the Nebraska economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,478 Peace Corps volunteers from Nebraska have served in dozens of countries overseas.10