Many local exports show strong gains

Many categories of exports important to Wichita and Kansas continue to show strong gains through September, the latest month that figures are available, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Civilian aircraft exports were up about 2 percent in September from August, and is up 8 percent through the first nine months, compared to the same nine months of 2010. Aircraft parts exports were also up about 8 percent through September compared to 2010.

Agricultural exports were up even more, with wheat up 108 percent; the category containing sorghum was up 52 percent; corn was up 39 percent; meat was up 27 percent; and soybeans were up 4 percent.