3rd Quarter 2012

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County-Level Activity

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Recent Changes

The past few years were a wild ride for exporters. Tennessee lost more than 10% of its exports in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. It then regained them and more, with exports rising almost 25% between 2009 and 2010. However, this crash and quick rebound did not play out the same everywhere. On one hand, Tennessee's statewide export intensity increased in the wake of the collapse and boom. The state's export intensity was 20% higher in 2010 than it was in 2008. The number of counties that exported 10% or more of their total production also increased from 10 in 2008 to 25 two years later. But against this, almost one-third of the state's counties saw their export intensity fall, and exports from 32 counties actually declined over this period, even with state exports growing robustly.

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Export Intensity: 2008tennessee trade-weighted dollar index graph

Export Intensity: 2010

tennessee trade-weighted dollar index graph