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Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and other members of the GOP majority caucus stood in front of placards that said "job creation" and "workforce development" to talk with reporters about their priorities for the 130th General Assembly.
Faber said the first bills introduced by Senate Republicans would include legislation focused on job training and placement to maintain the strength of the state economy.
"Ohio companies," he said, "export more goods and services globally than 41 other states."
That aroused the curiosity of PolitiFact Ohio. We wanted to know more, partly because the ranking means Ohio would trail less populous states.
The Ohio Department of Development said in its latest report on state exports that Ohio was the 9th largest exporting state, confirming what he said.
The Development Department is an affiliate of the U.S. Census Bureau. With the U.S. Commerce Department, it is the official source for U.S. export and import statistics. We followed our curiosity further into its data from 2011, the most recent available:
In global exports, Ohio trails Texas, California, New York, Washington, Illinois, Florida, Louisiana and Michigan.
The state's largest export market is Canada, followed by Mexico, China, France and Brazil.
The state's largest merchandise export category is transportation equipment.
And export-supported jobs linked to manufacturing account for an estimated 7.1 percent of Ohio's total private-sector employment.
Faber's statement rates True on the Truth-O-Meter.
Ohio Capital Blog, "Senate GOP Priorities," Feb 12, 2013
Ohio Department of Development, "Ohio Exports 2011," March 2012
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration,
"Ohio: Exports, Jobs, and Foreign Investment," October 2012
U.S. Census Bureau, "U.S. Exports of Goods by State," Feb. 8, 2013
World Trade Center, World Institute for Strategic Economic Research, "U.S. Exports by State," 2012
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