Ohio goes global: State is a major exporter and free trade spells jobs for many residents

March 4, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Free trade is blamed again and again for Ohio’s economic woes. Statistics tell a different story.

Ohio is the only state in the country whose exports have increased every year since 1998, and it’s seventh in the country for exports overall. According to new numbers from the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, Ohio’s exports grew by nearly 7 percent in 2008 over the previous year, to $45.5 billion. The state’s biggest manufactured exports are automotive and airplane parts, machinery, chemicals, electronics and computers.

About 11,400 Ohio companies sell their products internationally, and nearly 300,000 jobs in this state depend upon exports. Only California and Texas have more jobs linked to manufacturing exports (The Columbus Dispatch, March 2, 2009).

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