WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke issued the following statement today on the release of the April 2011 U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services report by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Today’s report showed that U.S. exports of goods and services in April 2011 increased 1.3 percent from March 2011 to a record $175.6 billion, with record exports of both goods ($126.4 billion) and services ($49.1 billion). The monthly export values for U.S. industrial supplies ($43.4 billion) and capital goods ($41.0 billion) was also the highest on record. U.S. imports of goods and services decreased 0.4 percent over this period to $219.2 billion, causing the U.S. trade deficit to decline 6.7 percent below March figures to $43.7 billion in April.
“Over the past six months, the economy has added more than a million private-sector jobs, and exports – boosted by the President's National Export Initiative – are helping us do that. Yesterday, President Obama announced several new commitments that will help 500,000 young Americans get the credentials they need to succeed in the manufacturing industry. Preparing Americans for good-paying jobs in the manufacturing sector will not only strengthen the economy and put people back to work, but will help us compete in today’s 21st century global economy.
“April is the second consecutive month of record export growth, and while there may be bumps on the road to recovery, this administration is making our economy more competitive by fostering new jobs in new industries, and helping to educate and train workers to fill them.”