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Pennsylvania Trade Facts

  • In 2016, Pennsylvania exported $36.5 billion of Made-in-America goods to the world, which supported an estimated 190 thousand jobs.

Exports from Pennsylvania and Jobs

  • Pennsylvania was the 10th largest state exporter of goods in 2016.

  • In 2016, Pennsylvania goods exports were $36.5 billion, an increase of 38 percent ($10 billion) from its export level in 2006.

  • Goods exports accounted for 5.7 percent of Pennsylvania GDP in 2015 (latest year available).

  • An estimated 190 thousand jobs were supported by Pennsylvania goods exports in 2015 (latest year available). Nationally, jobs supported by goods exports pay up to an estimated 18 percent above the national average.

Made-in-America Manufacturing Exports from Pennsylvania and Jobs

  • In 2015, Pennsylvania exported $33.3 billion of manufactured products.

  • Pennsylvania exports of manufactured products supported an estimated 173 thousand jobs in 2015.

  • The state's largest manufacturing export category is chemicals, which accounted for $7.5 billion of Pennsylvania's total goods exports in 2016.

  • Other top manufacturing exports are transportation equipment ($3.8 billion), machinery, except electrical ($3.7 billion), computer & electronic products ($3.5 billion), and primary metal mfg ($2.8 billion).

Exports Sustain Thousands of Pennsylvania Businesses many of which are SMEs

  • A total of 15,023 companies exported from Pennsylvania locations in 2015 (latest year available). Of those, 13,345 (88.8 percent) were small and medium sized enterprises with fewer than 500 employees.

  • Small and medium-sized firms generated 31.0 percent of Pennsylvania's total exports of goods in 2015.

Pennsylvania Depends on World Markets

  • The state’s largest market was Canada. Pennsylvania exported $10.0 billion in goods to Canada in 2016, representing 27 percent of the state’s total goods exports.

  • Canada was followed by Mexico ($3.7 billion), China ($2.2 billion), United Kingdom ($2.1 billion), and Japan ($1.5 billion).

  • Pennsylvania’s exports (2016 value) to major world areas included:

    • APEC $21.6 billion

    • Asia $8.7 billion

    • European Union $9.0 billion

    • South/Central America and Caribbean $2.6 billion

    • Sub-Saharan Africa  $507 million

  • 47 percent of Pennsylvania’s exports ($17.3 billion) go to current FTA partners.  

Agriculture in Pennsylvania depends on Exports

  • Pennsylvania is the country’s 21st largest agricultural exporting state, shipping $2.0 billion in domestic agricultural exports abroad in 2015 (latest data available according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture).1

  • Pennsylvania exports of agricultural products supported roughly an estimated 18 thousand jobs in 2013 (latest data available), both on and off the farm.

  • Top Agricultural exports were:

    • other plant products

      • 2015 Value: $730 million

      • 2015 State Rank: 5

    • dairy products

      • 2015 Value: $291 million

      • 2015 State Rank: 5

    • feeds and other feed grains

      • 2015 Value: $136 million

      • 2915 Rank: 18

    • soybeans

      • 2015 Value: $120 million

      • 2015 Rank: 19

    • other poultry products

      • 2015 Value: $113 million

      • 2015 State Rank: 6

International Investment Creates Jobs in Pennsylvania

  • In 2014 (latest data available), foreign-controlled companies employed 299,700 Pennsylvania workers. Major sources of foreign investment in Pennsylvania included the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany. 

  • Foreign investment in Pennsylvania was responsible for 5.8 percent of the state's total private-industry employment in 2014.

Pennsylvania’s Major Metropolitan Areas Benefit from Exporting

  • In 2015 (latest data available), the following metropolitan areas in Pennsylvania recorded goods exports: Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington ($24.2 billion, portions of this MSA are shared with one or more other states), Pittsburgh ($9.1 billion), Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton ($3.4 billion, portions of this MSA are shared with one or more other states), Harrisburg-Carlisle ($2.9 billion), York-Hanover ($2.1 billion), Reading ($1.8 billion), Erie ($1.5 billion), Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton ($1.3 billion), and Lancaster ($901 million).