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. Exports to developing countries like India, which is Nevada's second largest market, help to support over 340,000 jobs in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Nevada, 343,900 jobs were supported by international trade in 2017, representing 19.4% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2016, 3,222 companies exported goods from Nevada of which 86% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2016, 48,100 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2,3

Exports and Growth

  • Nevada exported $11.1 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2018. Nevada's largest markets in 2018 were:4
    • Switzerland ($3.4 billion)
    • India ($1.7 billion)
    • Canada ($1.2 billion)
    • China ($917 million)
    • Mexico ($589 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Nevada's' economy, totaling $133 million in 2017, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $59 million in exports from 21 companies in Nevada.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $393 million in Nevada companies for overseas investment.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $39 million in exports from Nevada companies, supporting an estimated 220 jobs in the state.8

Education and Research

  • In 2016-2017, 1,029 Nevada students studied abroad.9
  • During 2018, 2,955 international students were enrolled in Nevada colleges and universities and contributed $99 million to the Nevada economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,070 Peace Corps volunteers from Nevada have served in dozens of countries overseas.10