31. New Mexico
> Largest export: Processors
> 2014 processors value: $0.84 billion
> Pct. change in processors export value (2013-2014): 6.0%
> Processors as share of total state exports: 22.1%
In 2012, New Mexico exported more than a billion dollars worth of processors. Back then, processors accounted for over 43% of the state’s total export value. Last year, New Mexico only exported $837 million worth of processors, only a 22.1% share of the state’s total export value. Despite the decline in value, processors are still the state’s most valuable export — just as they were in 2012. Intel, one of the largest manufacturers of computer chips, is the largest industrial employer in New Mexico with a facility in Rio Rancho that employs over 2,000 people.
32. New York
> Largest export: Diamonds
> 2014 diamonds value: $14.77 billion
> Pct. change in diamonds export value (2013-2014): 15.0%
> Diamonds as share of total state exports: 17.2%
Diamonds accounted for the largest share of New York’s exports in 2014. With a total export value of nearly $14.8 billion last year, New York exported more diamonds than any other state. The Diamond District, located in midtown Manhattan, serves as a base of operations for about 2,600 independent businesses in the diamond trade. In addition to exporting billions of dollars in diamonds, the precious gem is also a major state import. More than 90% of the diamonds that come in to the country pass through New York City.
33. North Carolina
> Largest export: Aircraft and aircraft parts
> 2014 aircraft and aircraft parts value: $1.41 billion
> Pct. change in aircraft and aircraft parts export value (2013-2014): 33.2%
> Aircraft and aircraft parts as share of total state exports: 4.5%
Since the Wright Brothers’ first successful airplane flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903, aviation has remained central to the state’s identity. Over 100 years since the Wright Brothers made history, aircraft and aircraft parts are the most valuable export of the “First in Flight” state. With a plant in Kinston, Spirit Aerosystems manufactures parts for some of the biggest companies in the industry, including Boeing, Airbus, and Sikorsky.
34. North Dakota
> Largest export: Petroleum
> 2014 petroleum value: $2.46 billion
> Pct. change in petroleum export value (2013-2014): 167.8%
> Petroleum as share of total state exports: 46.4%
Petroleum accounted for nearly half of the total value of North Dakota’s exports last year. In recent years, North Dakota has been experiencing an energy boom due to hydraulic fracturing of shale in Williston Basin. In 2012, North Dakota became the second largest petroleum-producing state after Texas. Considering its proximity to Canada, it is no surprise that more than three-quarters of the state’s exports go to its neighbor to the north.
> Largest export: Cars and passenger vehicles
> 2014 cars and passenger vehicles value: $4.47 billion
> Pct. change in cars and passenger vehicles export value (2013-2014): 9.5%
> Cars and passenger vehicles as share of total state exports: 8.6%
Several major automotive brands have facilities in Ohio. Jeep has a major Wrangler assembly plant in Toledo; Honda has a manufacturing plant in Marysville; and Ford has an assembly plant in Avon Lake. With a value of nearly $4.5 billion, cars and passenger vehicles accounted for 8.6% of Ohio’s total exports in 2014. Airplanes and airplane parts are a close second, claiming an 8.4% share of the state’s total export value.