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Tennessee Exports Have Mid-State Economist Worried

Dec 5, 2012

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s export sector has a mid-state economist worried, in spite of solid growth in recent quarters.

Middle Tennessee State University’s Dr. Steven Livingston specializes in the study of international trade. He says Tennessee exports are growing by a healthy seven or eight percent per quarter, but he also says that growth is increasingly dependent on a shrinking number of products headed to a shrinking number of countries.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  The U.S. Department of Commerce says Tennessee is exporting goods at a record pace this year.

Tennessee had exports totaling $15.7 billion in the first half of the 2012, up $1.1 billion or about eight percent over the same period in 2011.

Dr. Steven Livingston is an economist with the Business and Economics Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University. He says Tennessee exports began rebounding in 2011, led by the transportation sector.