- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State officials say Minnesota exports have jumped nearly 6 percent in the last year.

Minnesota exported a record $5.5 billion of manufactured, agricultural and mining products in the third quarter of 2014, the Department of Employment and Economic Development announced Wednesday. That’s up 5.8 percent from the same period last year.

Agency Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben says the record quarter is a sign Minnesota’s economy is on the right track.

Growing sales to Canada, Mexico, Japan and other nations drove the exports increase. The state’s largest export in the third quarter was optic, medical and other products.

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