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Texas Leads Nation in Exports and Jobs Linked to Them

Posted April 09, 2015

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Michael Lindenberger – Dallas News)

More Texans are working as a result of sales to foreign buyers than in any other state, an advantage that keeps getting better for the Lone Star State, a report to be issued Thursday by federal officials shows.

Texas firms exported goods worth $289 billion, enough to support 1.1 million jobs last year, according to U.S. Department of Commerce figures to be made public Thursday morning in a joint announcement by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Despite a larger population and bigger economy, California ranks a distant second with exports valued at $174 billion supporting 775,000 jobs.

“Texas is outwardly focused and understands the role of the global economy and the importance of engaging with the international trade,” Froman said. “It has a long tradition and history of this. You’ve got tremendous ports and tremendous airports.” Click here to read more.

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