March 14, 2012
Even in the most difficult of economic times, it seems that U.S. exports from small and medium-sized companies remain competitive and in demand. In 2004, it was discovered here in Vermont that for every 10% of export growth, 750 high-quality jobs were created. At the time, Vermont was at the end of its 10th consecutive year of 10% or higher growth….
Martin Johnson and Chris Rasmussen are Senior Economists in the Office of Industry Analysis within the International Trade Administration
For the first time in U.S. history annual exports of goods and services crossed the $2 trillion threshold exceeding $2.1 trillion in 2011. This increase in exports builds on the strong growth in 2010, and in 2011 exports of U.S. goods and services were up over 33 percent from 2009. This growth in exports corresponded with growth in jobs supported by U.S. exports.
We estimate that in 2011 jobs supported by exports increased to 9.7 million in 2011, up 1.2 million since 2009. While the total value of U.S. exports set an all time record in 2011, jobs supported by exports in 2011 were just shy of the 2008 peak of 9.8 million. In 2011, every billion dollars of U.S. exports supported 5,080 jobs.
Traditionally we think of export oriented…
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