Oklahoma: Facts and Figures

Oklahoma’s manufactured goods are in demand across the world, from Japan to Mexico. The state exported a total of $6.1 billion worth of goods in 2019, which helped support more than 475,000 Oklahoma jobs.

Job Creation

  • In Oklahoma, 475,300 jobs were supported by international trade in 2018, representing 20.4% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2018, 3,138 companies exported goods from Oklahoma of which 84% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2017, 50,700 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2,3

Exports and Growth

  • Oklahoma exported $6.1 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2019. Oklahoma's largest markets in 2019 were:4
    • Canada ($1.6 billion)
    • Mexico ($820 million)
    • Germany ($568 million)
    • Japan ($286 million)
    • Netherlands ($258 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Oklahoma's' economy, totaling $1.8 billion in 2018, according to the USDA.5
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $542 million in exports from 55 companies in Oklahoma.6
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation - which has been modernized into the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) - has invested $732 million in Oklahoma companies for overseas investment.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $52 million in exports from Oklahoma companies, supporting an estimated 300 jobs in the state.8

Education and Research

  • In 2017-2018, 3,129 Oklahoma students studied abroad.9
  • During 2019, 7,935 international students were enrolled in Oklahoma colleges and universities and contributed $262 million to the Oklahoma economy.9

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,416 Peace Corps volunteers from Oklahoma have served in dozens of countries overseas.10