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West Virginia ties for fourth in export growth

By From staff reports

West Virginia tied North Dakota for forth-largest growth in exports among states last year.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, only eleven states saw their exports grow by double-digit percentages last year.

They included New Mexico at 42 percent, Arkansas at 36 percent, Nevada at 28 percent, North Dakota and West Virginia at 26 percent, and Washington at 17 percent.

West Virginia officials announced Monday that the state's exports set a record for the third year in a row in 2012.

The Commerce Department said 29 states set new records for export sales last year. That helped push overall U.S. exports to a new record of $2.2 trillion for the year. The department said jobs supported by exports increased to 9.8 million in 2012, an increase of about 1.3 million since 2009.


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