The China toll deepens

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Bilateral trade deficit cost jobs in every state and congressional district.

By Robert E. Scott and Zane Mokhiber, Economic Policy Institute

Millions of Americans have lost their jobs due because of the massive trade deficit with China. The majority of them were in manufacturing, and every state and congressional district was affected.

The Takeaways

  1. The growth of the U.S. trade deficit with China between 2001 and 2017 was responsible for the loss of 3.4 million American jobs. Nearly 75 percent of jobs lost between 2001 and 2015 were in manufacturing.

  2. The China trade deficit has cost jobs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and in every congressional district in the United States.

  3. Between 2001 and 2011 alone, growing trade deficits with China reduced the incomes of directly impacted workers by $37 billion per year.

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