Pennsylvania: Facts and Figures

Pennsylvania is one of the top ten states in the country for exports, generating over $42 billion worth of goods exports in 2019. With two major city centers in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, more than 15,000 Pennsylvania companies export goods across the globe each year. And 88% of Pennsylvania’s exporters are small and medium sized businesses.

Job Creation

  • In Pennsylvania, 1,577,900 jobs were supported by international trade in 2018, representing 20.20% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2019, 15,515 companies exported goods from Pennsylvania of which 88% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2018, 320,000 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.3,4

Exports and Growth

  • Pennsylvania exported $37.5 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 ($9.7 billion)
    • Mexico ($3.8 billion)
    • China ($2.7 billion)
    • United Kingdom ($2.3 billion)
    • Japan ($1.7 billion)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Pennsylvania's' economy, totaling $2.0 billion in 2019, according to the USDA.6
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $6 billion in exports from 211 companies in Pennsylvania.7
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation - which has been modernized into the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) - has invested $1.6 billion in Pennsylvania companies for overseas investment.8
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $1.3 billion in exports from Pennsylvania companies, supporting an estimated 7,800 jobs in the state.9

Education and Research

  • In 2018-2019, 21,672 Pennsylvania students studied abroad.10
  • During 2020, 50,070 international students were enrolled in Pennsylvania colleges and universities and contributed $2 billion to the Pennsylvania economy.10

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 8,670 Peace Corps volunteers from Pennsylvania have served in dozens of countries overseas.11