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Washington State Leads For U.S. Exported Goods
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The state of Washington continues to be the largest U.S. exporter of goods on a per capita basis. Export increased to a record $64.6 billion in 2011, 21% more than last year.

The biggest market for Washington-made goods continues to be China with exports rising to $11.2 billion, 9% more than 2010. Exports to Europe also lead with $6.4 billion produced.

The leading exported industries are aircraft and parts, as well as soy and grain which ranked second among Washington goods shipped to China. According to a news release from Gov. Chris Gregoire, those numbers do include some crops originating outside of the state.

This leads the way for Gov. Gregoire’s Washington Export Initiative launched in 2010 to increase state exports by 35% by 2015.

The State’s Department of Commerce says they’re on track for the 2015 goal. If export growth were to continue at this rate, the state would be at $100 billion by 2017.

The data was compiled by the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research using information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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