Ohio is reaching out across the world to grow its economy, but its heartland location is what makes it such an attractive place to do business. With its world-class rail line and airport infrastructure, Ohio exported more than $54 billion worth of goods and services in 2018. As a result, international trade supports more than 1.3 million good-paying Ohio jobs.

Job Creation

  • In Ohio, 1,387,800 jobs were supported by international trade in 2017, representing 19.8% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2016, 15,729 companies exported goods from Ohio of which 89% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2016, 267,500 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2,3

Exports and Growth

  • Ohio exported $54.3 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2018. Ohio's largest markets in 2018 were:4
    • Canada ($21 billion)
    • Mexico ($6.9 billion)
    • China ($3.7 billion)
    • United Kingdom ($2.2 billion)
    • Japan ($1.7 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Ohio's' economy, totaling $3.6 billion in 2017, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $1 billion in exports from 200 companies in Ohio.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $1.4 billion in Ohio companies for overseas investment.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $268 million in exports from Ohio companies, supporting an estimated 1,500 jobs in the state.8

Education and Research

  • In 2016-2017, 13,991 Ohio students studied abroad.9
  • During 2018, 37,583 international students were enrolled in Ohio colleges and universities and contributed $1.2 billion to the Ohio economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 7,720 Peace Corps volunteers from Ohio have served in dozens of countries overseas.10