North Carolina's gross state product was $267.7 billion in 2001, which was a growth of 86% since 1991.
The top three manufacturing growth industries were chemicals and allied products, rubber and plastic, and tobacco products.
The top three non-manufacturing growth industries were finance, insurance and real estate (FIRE), construction, and services.
The top five industries contributing to the Gross State Product:
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate - $52 million
Services - $47 million
Government - $35 million
Retail Trade - $25 million
Transportation and Utilities - $18 million
In 2003, North Carolina ranked 12th in the nation in manufactured exports with a sum of nearly $70 billion.
The top five countries for export included:
Canada - $ 3.9 billion
Japan - $1.6 billion
Mexico - $1.5 billion
Honduras - $695 million
United Kingdom - $687 million
The top five exports industries from North Carolina:
Machinery - $2.9 billion
Electric Machinery - $1.8 billion
Knit Apparel - $900 million
Tobacco - $877 million
Plastics - $824 million
The top five employers by industry are:
Manufacturing - 602,000
Healthcare and Social Assistance - 453,800
Retail Trade - 436,600
Educational Services - 325,100
Accommodation and Food Service - 292,000
Source: North Carolina Economic Review 2004. North Carolina Department of Commerce