Oklahoma: Facts and Figures

Oklahoma’s manufactured goods are in demand across the world, from Japan to Mexico. The state exported a total of $5.4 billion worth of goods in 2020, which helped support more than 475,000 Oklahoma jobs.

Job Creation

  • In Oklahoma, 475,300 jobs were supported by international trade in 2018, representing 20.40% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2019, 3,162 companies exported goods from Oklahoma of which 83% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2018, 56,900 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.3,4

Exports and Growth

  • Oklahoma exported $5.4 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2020, a 12% decline compared to 2019 driven by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy.5
    • Canada ($1.5 billion)
    • Mexico ($501 million)
    • Germany ($463 million)
    • Japan ($257 million)
    • Netherlands ($229 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Oklahoma's' economy, totaling $1.8 billion in 2019, according to the USDA.6
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $548 million in exports from 56 companies in Oklahoma.7
  • 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.8
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $63 million in exports from Oklahoma companies, supporting an estimated 300 jobs in the state.9

Education and Research

  • In 2018-2019, 3,301 Oklahoma students studied abroad.10
  • During 2020, 7,328 international students were enrolled in Oklahoma colleges and universities and contributed $222 million to the Oklahoma economy.10

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 1,416 Peace Corps volunteers from Oklahoma have served in dozens of countries overseas.11