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Kentucky Has Record-Breaking Number of Exports in 2016

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Kentucky government and business leaders are celebrating a record-breaking amount of exports. The commonwealth shipped more goods and services abroad last year than ever before.

Kentucky’s exports in 2016 totaled $29.2 billion - that’s a nearly 6 percent increase over the previous year.

Those numbers were bolstered by the state’s growing aerospace products and parts industry, which led all categories last year with nearly $11 billion worth of exports.

Kentucky ranked second nationally in 2016 in the amount of aerospace exports.

After aerospace, the state’s motor vehicle industry sent the second-most exports overseas, followed by pharmaceuticals and medicines.

Kentucky’s top five trade partners are Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Mexico and Brazil.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition. He is a broadcast journalism graduate of WKU, and has won numerous awards for his reporting and feature production. Kevin grew up in Radcliff, Kentucky and currently lives in Glasgow.
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