Oklahoma's manufactured goods are in demand across the world, from Japan to Mexico to Singapore. The state exported a total of $5.4 billion worth of goods in 2017, which helped support 380,000 Oklahoma jobs.

Job Creation

  • In Oklahoma, 379,000 jobs (16.6%) are supported by trade, including 28,292 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 3,091 companies exported goods from Oklahoma of which 84% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 50,000 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Oklahoma exported $5.4 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Oklahoma's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • Canada ($1.4 billion)
    • Mexico ($527 million)
    • Germany ($406 million)
    • Japan ($284 million)
    • Singapore ($253 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Oklahoma's' economy, totaling $1.6 billion in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $612 million in exports from 70 companies in Oklahoma.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $732 million in Oklahoma companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 2,839 Oklahoma students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 9,789 international students were enrolled in Oklahoma colleges and universities and contributed $289 million to the Oklahoma economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,369 Peace Corps volunteers from Oklahoma have served in dozens of countries overseas.7