U.S. metropolitan areas see export increases

Data recently released by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce show that merchandise exported from 367 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas in 2001 totaled $1.31 trillion, while exports from non-metropolitan areas totaled an additional $174.9 billion.

Some 41% of U.S. metropolitan areas exported merchandise worth more than $25 billion.

The three largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. showed growth rates at or above the national rate: New York (up 23.5% from 2010); Houston (up 29.6%); and Los Angeles (up 16.9%).

“Much of the growth in these metropolitan areas was fueled by exports of transportation equipment, chemicals, computer and electronic products, petroleum and coal products, and primary metal manufacturing,” the Dept. of Commerce noted.

Trade with Mexico “increased substantially in 2011, with metropolitan area exports to Mexico increasing by 21.6 percent between 2010 and 2011, compared to a growth rate of only 16.0 percent for U.S. metropolitan areas exports over this period,” according to the Dept.


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