DFW Exports Increase

Exports of goods and services from the Dallas-Fort Worth metro reached $54.2 billion last year, ranking the area fifth in the nation. Since 2009, exports have grown 8.4 percent per year, and the overall economy has grown at 4.2 percent per year. In 2012 alone, exports reached $50 billion in goods and services, directly creating about 147,200 jobs in the region. In the last decade, exports of both manufactured goods and services from the Dallas area have more than doubled. Aircraft products and parts, semiconductors, motor vehicles and financial services lead the growth.

The Brookings Institute study includes services such as airfares, tourism and information technology support, which are not counted in the Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Estimates for metro areas.

Source: Dallas Morning News, Sept 17, 2013.

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