in 2016, china new city economic competitiveness top 100 was released.based on the new format modes of high-tech industry, new energy, "internet plus" and so on, it utilized the new method of big data analysis, social network data analysis and so on comprehensively, integrated macro and micro data, applied new method to do quantitative analysis on economic competitiveness of 334 cities above prefecture level, and analysed comprehensively the stage and level of new economy in support of city economic transformation and upgrading, quality and efficiency. in the comprehensive evaluation, yangzhou ranked fifty-ninth in the country with 9.45 points.
the data of china’s top 100 foreign trade city directly came from the customs statistics, and ranked according to national account data. the assessment standards of foreign trade hundred city including 25 indicators of the level of foreign trade competitiveness, structural competitiveness, efficiency competitiveness, development competitiveness and potential competitiveness. yangzhou ranked 73rd in china's top 100 foreign trade city with 69.2 points. according to yangzhou customs statistics, in the first half of 2017, the city’s import and export totaled 35.18 billion yuan with an increase of 16.1%. among them, exports reached 26.18 billion yuan with an increase of 11.9%; imports reached 9 billion yuan with an increase of 30.4%. in the first half of the year, the city's general trade import and export were dominated and the import and export of processing trade grew faster. foreign-invested enterprises and private enterprises are the main force of foreign trade, the import and export of state-owned enterprises increased substantially. the import value of mechanical and electrical products and high-tech products have increased, and the export value of mechanical and electrical products have increased.