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MADE IN USA: The Top 10 Manufactured Products In America's $2 Trillion Export Industry

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Photo: GE Transportation

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. exported $2.1 trillion worth of goods in 2011.And a according to a new study by the Brookings titled Export Nation 2012, exports played a major role in pulling the U.S. economy out of recession, even as jobs were vanishing.

Exports jumped by over 11 per cent in 2010–the first year of the recovery.  This represented the fastest growth rate since 1997.

Jobs supported by exports grew by 6 per cent during that same period.

“Exports are helping to lead us out of the recession and into recovery,” says Emilia Istrate, lead author of the new report.

“Manufacturing industries accounted for about 61 per cent of U.S. exports and produced three-quarters of the nation’s additional sales abroad between 2009 and 2010.”

What follows are the top 10 U.S. manufactured exports in 2010, which helped carry us out of the recession.

Electrical Equipment

Share of U.S. manufacturing exports:
3.4%

Share of manufacturing export growth:
3.4%

Total growth rate:
14.7%

Total revenue:
$32.2 billion

Source: Brookings

Fabricated Metal Products

Share of U.S. manufacturing exports:
3.4%

Share of manufacturing export growth:
3.9%

Total growth rate:
16.8%

Total revenue:
$32.6 billion

Source: Brookings

Medical Equipment, Sporting Goods & Miscellaneous

Share of U.S. manufacturing exports:
4.1%

Share of manufacturing export growth:
2.9%

Total growth rate:
9.6%

Total revenue:
$39.4 billion

Source: Brookings

Primary Metal

Share of U.S. manufacturing exports:
5.2%

Share of manufacturing export growth:
5.1%

Total growth rate:
14.2%

Total revenue:
$49.6 billion

Source: Brookings

Food

Share of U.S. manufacturing exports:
5.4%

Share of manufacturing export growth:
4.5%

Total growth rate:
12.0%

Total revenue:
$50.9 billion

Source: Brookings

Petroleum and Coal Products

Share of U.S. manufacturing exports:
6.4%

Share of manufacturing export growth:
5.4%

Total growth rate:
12.0%

Total revenue:
$50.9 billion

Source: Brookings

Computer and Electronic Products

Share of U.S. manufacturing exports:
12.8%

Share of manufacturing export growth:
13.0%

Total growth rate:
14.8%

Total revenue:
$121.4 billion

Source: Brookings

Machinery

Share of U.S. manufacturing exports:
13.1%

Share of manufacturing export growth:
17.5%

Total growth rate:
20.4%

Total revenue:
$124.6 billion

Source: Brookings

Chemicals

Share of U.S. manufacturing exports:
18.0%

Share of manufacturing export growth:
16.4%

Total growth rate:
13.1%

Total revenue:
$171.2 billion

Source: Brookings

Transportation Equipment

Share of U.S. manufacturing exports:
18.5%

Share of manufacturing export growth:
17.0%

Total growth rate:
13.2%

Total revenue:
$175.8 billion

Source: Brookings

With growing exports comes a surge in jobs

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