Nevada: Facts and Figures

Exports are a rapidly growing part of Nevada’s economy, with the Reno area quickly becoming a major manufacturing exporter - accounting for about a quarter of the state’s total exports. Nevada exported over $10 billion worth of goods overseas in 2020, with international trade supporting over 375,000 jobs in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Nevada, 376,700 jobs were supported by international trade in 2018, representing 20.40% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2019, 3,493 companies exported goods from Nevada of which 86% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2018, 55,200 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.3,4

Exports and Growth

  • Nevada exported $10.3 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2020.5
    • Switzerland ($2.3 billion)
    • Mexico ($1.6 billion)
    • China ($1.4 billion)
    • Canada ($1.3 billion)
    • Germany ($351 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Nevada's' economy, totaling $144 million in 2019, according to the USDA.6
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $89 million in exports from 25 companies in Nevada.7
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation - which has been modernized into the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) - has invested $393 million in Nevada companies for overseas investment.8
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $66 million in exports from Nevada companies, supporting an estimated 200 jobs in the state.9

Education and Research

  • In 2018-2019, 1,140 Nevada students studied abroad.10
  • During 2020, 2,642 international students were enrolled in Nevada colleges and universities and contributed $73 million to the Nevada economy.10

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,070 Peace Corps volunteers from Nevada have served in dozens of countries overseas.11