Wisconsin: Facts and Figures

Wisconsin is a world leader in industrial machinery and high-tech manufacturing, which helped the state export over $20 billion worth of goods in 2020. Over 8,900 companies in the state export overseas, which helped to support more than 725,000 Wisconsin jobs.

Job Creation

  • In Wisconsin, 726,500 jobs were supported by international trade in 2018, representing 19.40% of all jobs in the state.1,2
  • In 2019, 8,930 companies exported goods from Wisconsin of which 86% were small- and medium-sized enterprises. In 2018, 119,500 people were employed by affiliates of companies at least 50% foreign-owned.3,4

Exports and Growth

  • Wisconsin exported $20.5 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2020, a 5% decline compared to 2019 driven by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy.5
    • Canada ($6.2 billion)
    • Mexico ($2.6 billion)
    • China ($1.6 billion)
    • Germany ($726 million)
    • Japan ($686 million)
  • Agricultural exports are important to Wisconsin's' economy, totaling $2.8 billion in 2019, according to the USDA.6
  • Since 2014, the U.S. Export-Import Bank has financed $1 billion in exports from 154 companies in Wisconsin.7
  • Since 1971, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation - which has been modernized into the Development Finance Corporation (DFC) - has invested $31 million in Wisconsin companies for overseas investment.8
  • Since 1992, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency has helped facilitate $429 million in exports from Wisconsin companies, supporting an estimated 2,300 jobs in the state.9

Education and Research

  • In 2018-2019, 8,443 Wisconsin students studied abroad.10
  • During 2020, 12,960 international students were enrolled in Wisconsin colleges and universities and contributed $451 million to the Wisconsin economy.10

Global Engagement

  • Since 1961, 6,422 Peace Corps volunteers from Wisconsin have served in dozens of countries overseas.11