1st Quarter 2011

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Propensity to Export


MSA Status/% Manufacturers Exporting

 

% Exporting
%
Above Avg

# of Counties
Large Urban
21.52%
51.85%
27
Small Urban
22.44%
36.36%
11
Rural
16.43%
37.93%
57

County Size/% Manufacturers Exporting



Population

%
Exporting
%
Above Avg

# of Counties
> 98,000
20.77%
42.86%
14
< 98,000
19.00%
38.27%
81

MSA Status/% Employment
in Manufacturers That Export

 

%
Employ-ment

%
Above Avg

# of Counties
Large Urban
42.76%
33.33%
27
Small Urban
47.25%
36.36%
11
Rural
47.05%
43.86%
57

County Size/% Employment
in Manufacturers That Export



Population
%
Employ-ment
%
Above Avg

# of Counties
> 98,000
42.58%
42.86%
14
< 98,000
46.70%
39.51%
81

Tennessee Exporter Locations

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The urban/rural disparity is less apparent if we look at the percentage of a county's manufacturing employment that is in an establishment that exports. The percentage of export-related manufacturing employment is actually a bit lower for urban counties than for rural ones. However, this slight difference is driven by the fact that the most outlying counties of an MSA tend to have the lowest export intensity. In Cannon County, for example, on the outskirts of the Nashville MSA, less than 10% of manufacturing employment is in firms that export. This lowers the total MSA average. Taking this into account, it is hard to locate much difference in export employment intensity across urban and rural counties.

However, the geographical pattern still holds. Only six counties in west Tennessee exceed the state average for export employment. This is in spite of the fact that Perry County has the most export-intensive manufacturing labor profile of any county in the state. Perry reveals one limitation of viewing export intensity solely by the percentage of workers in exporting firms. Perry has a small manufacturing base that is dominated by one exporting firm, Bates LLC. A single firm, Mueller Refrigeration, similarly accounts for Trousdale's high standing. Nevertheless, the data point to a lower level of export activity in the western part of the state.

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