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Florida trails smaller states as an exporter of goods

Goods exported from Florida supported more than 275,000 jobs last year, putting it on the top 10 list but below a handful of much smaller states, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

This was the first time the Commerce Department reported on the number of jobs supported by goods exported from all 50 states and 387 metro areas. Nationwide, goods exports supported 7.1 million jobs.

Florida, which is on the brink of becoming the third-most-populous state in the country, ranked seventh overall nationwide, the data showed. It was far behind leaders Texas (where exports supported 1.1 million jobs) and California (800,000 jobs) and also trailed Washington, Illinois, New York, Michigan and Louisiana.

Key export categories for Florida included computer and electronic products, transportation equipment, chemicals, primary metal manufactures and machinery other than electrical. Top destination points for Florida exports were Canada, Brazil, Switzerland, Colombia and Venezuela.

Miami (with $41.8 billion in goods exports) and Tampa Bay ($6.7 billion in exports) both ranked among the top 50 metro area exporters.

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