Texas was one of 16 states to set a new record for exports in 2013, according to a report by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Texas topped the list of states, with $279.7 billion in exports, while California and Washington followed at $168.1 billion and $81.9 billion respectively. Nationwide, the value of U.S. exports reached a new high of $2.3 trillion in 2013. Ten other states saw growth in total merchandise exports in 2013 as well, the secretary’s office reported.

Texas continues to rely on exports to drive its growth. In another report, the Department of Commerce estimated that in 2011, over one-quarter (26.1 percent) of all manufacturing workers in Texas depended on exports for their jobs. The state’s largest market was Mexico. The Houston area was the largest metropolitan merchandise exporter in 2012 at $110.3 billion. The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex followed at $27.8 billion and the San Antonio area followed at $14 billion. The Austin area exported $9 billion in merchandise in 2012.

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