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Iowa Exporters Leading the Way in Creating Jobs

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Tina Hoffman, Iowa Economic Development Authority
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Iowa Exporters Leading the Way in Creating Jobs
March 8, 2013 (DES MOINES) -- According to recently released export statistics for 2012, Iowa exports of manufactured goods and value added agricultural goods have increased almost 10 percent over the 2011 calendar year.  In 2012, Iowa exported over $14.6 billion* to countries around the world, compared to $13.3 billion* of exports in 2011.  Overall exports for the entire U.S. grew by 4.46 percent in 2012.
“The growth of Iowa exports are more than double the national growth for the same time period, clearly indicating that Iowa companies can successfully compete in a global marketplace,” said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA).  “Increasing Iowa exports mean more jobs for Iowans, and we continue to be encouraged by this growth trend.”
More than 2,500 companies in Iowa export goods and as a result are creating jobs and contributing to their local economy.  Eighty-four percent of Iowa exporters are considered small- to medium-sized companies.  Based on 2012’s export statistics, Iowa’s exporting companies supported an estimated additional 5,000 jobs in 2012, for a total of approximately 73,000** jobs supported by Iowa’s exporters**.
The International Trade Office at IEDA strengthens Iowa’s presence in the international marketplace, promotes Iowa products and services internationally and educates Iowa businesses on topics related to exporting and doing business in other countries.
Companies interested in developing or expanding their export markets should contact the International Trade Office at or visit
*Exports of manufactured products and value-added agricultural products (2012).  Excludes waterborne bulk commodities.
Source: Global Trade Information Service & U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau
** The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that $1 billion in exports supports approximately 5,000 jobs. 

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