Excluding gold, the state’s largest export by value was computer memory, with $1.2 billion shipped abroad. Rounding out the top five were miscellaneous food preparations at $298 million, molybdenum at $279 million, civilian aircraft engines at $277 million and safety air bags at $201 million.
The report stated that those five commodities represented 35 percent of Utah’s exports — excluding gold and silver — in 2010.
According to the Enterprising States report, the strongest job growth is taking place in Utah, Louisiana, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas.
"We very proud that we have an environment where businesses can grow," said Sophia DiCaro, deputy director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development. The state expanded its technology economy by 14 percent during the past decade, she said.
"That is an economy that creates higher paying jobs," DiCaro said.
"We are paying attention to high-tech industries because that is our future," Goryunova added. "Basically (we are targeting) a knowledge-based economy. The more (high-tech products) we can produce … the more jobs we can create in Utah and the more exports we can achieve."
Among the other report findings: Utah was second in the nation in business birth rate and third in both short-term and long-term job growth.
For a look at the report, visit http://ncf.uschamber.com/library/enterprising-states.
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