> Largest export: Soybeans
> 2014 soybeans value: $0.79 billion
> Pct. change in soybeans export value (2013-2014): 9.3%
> Soybeans as share of total state exports: 4.1%
Soybean exports accounted for more of Virginia’s total export value than any other resource or product. The state exported $790 million worth of soybeans in 2014, slightly more than the $780 million worth of the state’s second most valuable export, memory chips. Soybean meal accounted for another 1.6% of the state’s total export value, and another 0.8% came from soybean oil.
> Largest export: Aircraft and aircraft parts
> 2014 aircraft and aircraft parts value: $48.69 billion
> Pct. change in aircraft and aircraft parts export value (2013-2014): 13.0%
> Aircraft and aircraft parts as share of total state exports: 53.7%
Once home to the headquarters of Boeing, the company has since moved its base of operations to Chicago. Still, employing around 80,000 people, Boeing, is the largest private employer in Washington state. It is perhaps no surprise Washington’s largest exports are aircrafts and aircraft parts — state exports of aircraft-related goods were valued at $48.7 billion in 2014.
48. West Virginia
> Largest export: Coal
> 2014 coal value: $3.11 billion
> Pct. change in coal export value (2013-2014): -31.5%
> Coal as share of total state exports: 41.5%
Found in 53 of the state’s 55 counties, coal is one of West Virginia’s most abundant resources. With the exception of Wyoming, no state produces more coal than West Virginia. Though about a fifth of all the coal mined in West Virginia never leaves the state, coal is still the state’s most valuable export, accounting for more than 40% of the state’s collective value of exports.
> Largest export: Tractors
> 2014 tractors value: $378 million
> Pct. change in tractors export value (2013-2014): 24.2%
> Tractors as share of total state exports: 1.6%
A state’s largest export need not be produced in the state. However, as in many other states, Wisconsin’s machinery manufacturing industries were both major employers and the source of the state’s largest export. In the case of Wisconsin, where agriculture machinery manufacturing accounts for more than 13,000 jobs, the largest export is tractors. A state’s largest export does not typically change from year to year. In Wisconsin, however, tractors surpassed drilling machinery for the first time last year.
> Largest export: Disodium carbonate
> 2014 disodium carbonate value: $0.89 billion
> Pct. change in disodium carbonate export value (2013-2014): 7.8%
> Disodium carbonate as share of total state exports: 50.7%
Disodium carbonate accounts for more than half of Wyoming’s total export value. Also known as trona, disodium carbonate is a mineral commonly processed and turned into baking soda. Wyoming has the the world’s largest trona deposit. More than 17 million tons of trona were mined in the state in 2014, and the state exported $890 million worth that year. In 1967, Church & Dwight, the company behind Arm & Hammer baking soda, opened a plant in Green River to take advantage of the area’s mineral resources.
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