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.
“A lot of it is in automotive exports, broadly based; body parts, paneling, engines, all sorts of automotive components.”
One Tennessean infive depends on exports for employment. Canada, Mexico and China are the top three destinations for Tennessee products.
Middle Tennessee is the state’s top exporter, followed by Knoxville and Memphis.