Wisconsin is a world leader in industrial machinery and high-tech manufacturing, which helped the state export $22 billion worth of goods in 2017. More than 8,600 companies in the state export overseas, which helped to support more than 680,000 Wisconsin jobs.

Job Creation

  • In Wisconsin, 687,700 jobs (18.7%) are supported by trade, including 111,075 jobs supported by manufactured goods exports in 2016.1
  • In 2015, 8,634 companies exported goods from Wisconsin of which 86% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2015, 93,000 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.2

Exports and Growth

  • Wisconsin exported $22.3 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2017. Wisconsin's largest markets in 2017 were:2
    • Canada ($6.8 billion)
    • Mexico ($3.1 billion)
    • China ($1.7 billion)
    • Saudi Arabia ($796 million)
    • Japan ($790 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Wisconsin's' economy, totaling $2.9 billion in 2016, according to the USDA.3
  • Since 2013, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $2 billion in exports from 154 companies in Wisconsin.4
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has invested $31 million in Wisconsin companies for overseas investment.5

Education and Research

  • In 2015-2016, 8,355 Wisconsin students studied abroad.6
  • During 2017, 13,220 international students were enrolled in Wisconsin colleges and universities and contributed $396 million to the Wisconsin economy.6

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 6,254 Peace Corps volunteers from Wisconsin have served in dozens of countries overseas.7