Yes, for the 10th year in a row now, Texas has been ranked the top exporting state in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In fact this past year, Texas exports totaled over $249 billion dollars. This was up over 20% from our 2010 performance.
So, who’d we export to and what did we send them? Mexico, Canada, China, Brazil and the Netherlands, AND nine of these billions came from Texas-manufactured goods. Other top exports were petroleum and coal products, chemicals, computer and electronic products, non-electrical machinery, and transportation equipment.
Asked about his state’s performance, Governor Rick Perry attributed low taxes, fair courts, and reasonable regulations as the factors that attract businesses to Texas. The Wall Street Journal seems to agree with the governor, calling the Lone Star State the job creation capital of the world.
Did I happen to mention that Texas is a Right to Work state?