State Reports Exports Rise In 2010

Minnesota’s exports are up.

The Department of Employment and Economic Development today reported they rose 17 percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared to a year earlier. That means state manufacturers sold $3.9 billion worth of goods to other countries.

"The improving export market is helping Minnesota businesses and is a sign that the global economy is recovering," DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy said. "Asia was particularly strong during the quarter, with sales to the region jumping 75 percent from a year ago."

Canada remains Minnesota’s strongest trading partner, taking in about a quarter of the state’s exports.