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Alabama exports regain momentum with 22% increase in 2021

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Alabama’s exports in 2021 surged more than 20% in value compared to the previous year, surpassing pre-pandemic levels and indicating the underlying resilience of the state’s economy.

New federal government figures show that Alabama’s exports of goods and services totaled nearly $20.9 billion last year, above the 2019 total of $20.8 billion, recorded before widespread global trade disruptions tied to COVID-19.

Alabama’s 2021 exports increased more than 21.8% from the 2020 total, approaching the national year-over-year growth rate of 23.1%. Many key export categories showed robust growth last year, putting them back on track after declines in 2020.

“We are very pleased to see that our optimism at this time a year ago was well-founded. Alabama’s export numbers in 2021 exceeded those of 2019,” Governor Ivey said.

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