West Virginia exports decline 13 percent to $7.5 billion in 2014

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CHARLESTON, West Virginia — Federal government figures show exports from West Virginia fell nearly 13 percent last year.

The Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration says the state's merchandise exports totaled $7.5 billion in 2014, compared with $8.6 billion the year before.

The administration says minerals and ores contributed $3.1 billion in exports in 2014, followed by chemicals at $1.7 billion and non-electrical machinery at $1.2 billion.

More than one-third of West Virginia's exports went to U.S. free trade partners.

Overall, the United States exported a record $2.35 trillion in goods and services in 2014.

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