Category: Regional industries and economies

Overview: The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program’s Export Nation 2012 provides a large database of geographically-detailed international export data, goods and services, estimated by location of production. While the U.S. Census Bureau produces a state exports series and prepares a metropolitan export series for the International Trade Administration, these series reflect origin-of-movement export data, limited only to merchandise exports. However, the origin-of-movement is not always the place where the good was produced, especially when the exported goods get consolidated along the shipment route.

Units of Analysis: Aggregate exports

Key Data Elements: Exports, by export destination and major industry, including:

  • Nominal and real exports, total and by industry (major and detailed)
  • Exports share of Gross Domestic Product
  • Direct export-production jobs, total and by major industry
  • Total export-supported jobs, total and by major industry
  • Annualized real export growth rates, total and by industry (major and detailed)

Geographic Detail: The export data is available for each of the 3,113 counties in the U.S.; 366 metropolitan statistical areas (metros); 576 micropolitan statistical areas (micros); 50 states plus the District of Columbia; and the United States.

Industry Detail: There are 34 major industrial categories analyzed: 26 for goods exports (3-digit level NAICS) and eight categories for services (U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis service export categories). In addition, the dataset provides export data for 212 subcomponents of the major export industries, both goods and services.

Form: Report and web-accessible tables.

Method: The appendix of the “Export Nation 2012” study provides a detailed explanation of the methodology for constructing this data series.

Timeframe: 2003 to 2010

Frequency: Annual

Data Sources: United States International Trade Commission, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Internal Revenue Service, Moody’s Analytics, and NAFSA: The Association of International Educators.

Access: The detailed data are available as a series of aggregated data tables at this link. A series of indicators for the largest 100 metropolitan areas for 2010 can be accessed with this interactive tool on the Brookings Metro Program website.

Potential Uses for Regional Analysis: Identify the role of international exports in local economies, unveil the export industrial base at the local level, and determine a metropolitan area’s role in the global marketplace

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