TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ It was a record year in 2007 for the Kansas economy, with exports setting a record for the third consecutive year.
The Department of Commerce released figures Thursday showing exports hit $10.25 billion last year, the fourth straight year of export growth. The figure was 18.8 percent higher than 2006 and has increased by 139 percent since 1999. Officials say that amounts to average annual growth of $660 million.
Growth was most pronounced in the aviation and cereals industries. Aviation saw its exports grow by $520 million, while cereals, which includes the production of wheat and other grains, jumped $521 million in 2007.
Nine of the state's 10 largest industries saw exports increase, with vehicles being the only sector to decline.
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