Home to manufacturing bases for state-of-the-art companies like Intel, technology built in Oregon is coveted across the globe. Due to its west coast location, Oregon has benefited tremendously from its exports to Asia, which made up a significant portion of the state’s $27.7 billion in exported goods. As a result, international trade supports more than 506,000 jobs in the state.

Job Creation

  • In Oregon, 506,100 jobs were supported by international trade in 2019, representing 19.3% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2020, 5,672 companies exported goods from Oregon of which 88% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2018, 70,300 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.3,4

Exports and Growth

  • Oregon exported $29.5 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2021, a 19% increase compared to 2020 driven by continued economic recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy.5
    • Mexico ($6.6 billion)
    • China ($4.0 billion)
    • Canada ($3.5 billion)
    • Malaysia ($2.6 billion)
    • Ireland ($1.3 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Oregon's' economy, totaling $2.4 billion in 2020, according to the USDA.6
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $885 million in exports from 83 companies in Oregon.7
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $62 million in exports from Oregon companies.9

Education and Research

  • During 2020, 7,379 international students were enrolled in Oregon colleges and universities and contributed $260 million to the Oregon economy.10

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 6,547 Peace Corps volunteers from Oregon have served in dozens of countries overseas.11