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 in the nation, Ohio exported more than $50 billion worth of goods and services in 2017. As a result, trade supports more than 1.2 million good-paying Ohio jobs.

Job Creation

  • In Ohio, 1,276,800 jobs (18.4%) are supported by trade, including 248,978 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 16,046 companies exported goods from Ohio of which 89% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 259,000 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Ohio exported $50.1 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Ohio's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • Canada ($18.8 billion)
    • Mexico ($6.5 billion)
    • China ($3.8 billion)
    • United Kingdom ($2.1 billion)
    • Brazil ($1.4 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Ohio's' economy, totaling $3.7 billion in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $2 billion in exports from 223 companies in Ohio.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $1.4 billion in Ohio companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 14,136 Ohio students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 38,680 international students were enrolled in Ohio colleges and universities and contributed $1.1 billion to the Ohio economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 7,497 Peace Corps volunteers from Ohio have served in dozens of countries overseas.7