ST. PAUL (LEARFIELD)  —  A government report shows the coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on Minnesota’s exports.

Production sectors like communications equipment and agricultural and construction machinery have been hit especially hard.  Minnesota exports were down by 17 percent in June, compared to the same month last year.  That’s a drop of more than 339 million dollars.

Although it’s bad for Minnesota interests, the international trade promotion group Trade Partnership says this state has fared better than most states, despite the 17-percent drop.