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Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

State exports by year and sector

In 2012, Washington was the nation's fourth-biggest exporter, trailing only Texas, California and New York. More than half of the state's exports fell into the federally defined category of transportation -- let's call it airplanes. Without those airplanes, the state would be ranked about 11th. What about software? Microsoft sells most of its products through the tax-friendlier state of Nevada. Over the past 15 years, the value of the state's exports has more than doubled, for an increase of 131 percent. Here's a look at that growth, by year and by product sector.

Washington exports by sector

Sector19972012ChangeShare of 2012 total
Transportation equipment$19,710,973,013$38,246,190,62394%50.64%
Agricultural products$2,889,660,540$12,040,185,787317%15.94%
Petroleum and coal products$352,889,964$3,787,478,330973%5.01%
Computer and electronic products$1,658,245,363$3,735,511,183125%4.95%
Food and kindred products$1,069,858,233$3,295,279,963208%4.36%
Machinery, except electrical$929,732,846$2,347,956,690153%3.11%
Primary metal manufacturing$671,426,888$1,501,274,557124%1.99%
Fish and other marine products$491,302,679$1,070,079,110118%1.42%
Waste and scrap$117,720,330$1,060,552,575801%1.40%
Miscellaneous manufactured commodities$272,951,451$908,315,340233%1.20%
Electrical equipment, appliances and components$237,967,802$761,412,390220%1.01%
Forestry products$817,164,012$744,744,399-9%0.99%
Wood products$640,635,994$696,419,9989%0.92%
Fabricated metal products$212,625,507$547,521,963158%0.72%
Minerals and ores$38,927,989$350,987,222802%0.46%
Plastics and rubber products$135,544,813$349,987,705158%0.46%
Livestock and livestock products$69,571,028$340,677,559390%0.45%
Nonmetallic mineral products$54,339,829$258,009,532375%0.34%
Furniture and fixtures$25,586,421$190,261,203644%0.25%
Oil and gas$61,250,227$171,484,474180%0.23%
Used or second-hand merchandise$25,430,597$119,187,767369%0.16%
Special classification provisions$400,788,861$117,841,741-71%0.16%
Beverages and tobacco products$42,173,729$95,784,493127%0.13%
Textile mill products$24,591,830$75,472,099207%0.10%
Printing, publishing and similar products$76,667,945$68,999,922-10%0.09%
Textiles and fabrics$14,022,138$41,991,157199%0.06%
Apparel and accessories$29,473,775$34,766,74618%0.05%
Leather and allied products$24,630,518$26,430,4107%0.03%
Goods returned to Canada$108,561,271$6,131,587-94%0.01%
Prepackaged software$0$3,533,936 0.00%
Total all Industries$32,751,730,949$75,524,528,324131%100.00%

SOURCE: U.S. Census via World Institute for Strategic Economic Research

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