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Import/Export Price Indexes

Mountain-Plains: Price Movements of Top Exports and Other Highlights

November 2022

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The Mountain-Plains region, which consists of Utah, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming, exported a total trade dollar value of $58.7 billion in 2021, an increase of 13.3 percent from 2020. Export prices for primary metal manufacturing, the largest industry in the region by trade dollar value, decreased in October. Prices for export chemical manufacturing prices also declined in October and food manufacturing export prices advanced over the same period.

Top Six Mountain-Plains Exports by Trade Dollar Value, 2021

  • The Mountain-Plains states accounted for 3.3 percent of total U.S. exports by trade dollar value in 2021.
  • The largest Mountain-Plains export industry in 2021, primary metal manufacturing, represented 12.1 percent of total U.S. exports in the category.
  • The top 6 export industries from the Mountain Plains accounted for 72.8 percent of the region's total export trade dollar value in 2021.

U.S. Export Price Indexes: Primary Metal Manufacturing

  • Prices for export primary metal manufacturing decreased 0.8 percent in October.
  • A 3.5-percent drop in prices for alumina and aluminum production and processing drove the October decline in primary metal manufacturing prices.
  • The export price index for primary metal manufacturing increased 0.4 percent from October 2021 to October 2022.

U.S. Export Price Indexes: Chemical Manufacturing

  • The price index for chemical manufacturing exports decreased 2.4 percent in October.
  • A 12.1-percent drop in resin, synthetic rubber, and artificial synthetic fibers and filaments prices led the monthly decrease in prices for chemical manufacturing.
  • The index for export chemical manufacturing prices declined 1.8 percent over the past year.

U.S. Export Price Indexes: Food Manufacturing

  • Prices for food manufacturing exports increased 0.5 percent in October.
  • Export food manufacturing prices rose 8.9 percent over the 12 months ended October 2022.
  • A 21.2-percent rise in grain and oilseed milling prices led the over-the-year increase in prices for food manufacturing.

Mountain-Plains States by Export Trade Dollar Value, 2021

  • The top 3 Mountain-Plains exporting states—Utah, Missouri, and Kansas—accounted for 2.6 percent of total U.S. exports by trade dollar value in 2021.
  • Utah accounted for 30.8 percent of total Mountain-Plains exports in 2021, and Missouri and Kansas represented 26.4 percent and 21.4 percent of the region's trade dollar value, respectively.
  • Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming combined for 21.4 percent of Mountain-Plains exports by trade dollar value in 2021.


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Last Modified Date: November 23, 2022