WASHINGTON D.C. -
The United Statesí surging trade deficit with China has cost it
more than 3.2 million American jobs, including 68,600 in
Wisconsin alone - the 11th-highest total among all states -
according to a study released this week.
Policy Institute found 2.4 million manufacturing jobs were lost
between December 2001 and December 2013, accounting for
approximately two-thirds of all U.S. manufacturing jobs lost or
displaced during that period.
the data, Wisconsinís 5th Congressional District - which
encompasses Waukesha, Milwaukee and West Bend, as well as
Menomonee Falls - lost 10,400 jobs between 2001 and 2013, the
most of any district in the state.
This means the
district has lost 2.81 percent of its employment when the number
of displaced jobs is taken against the districtís entire
workforce (370,600). That percentage is the second-highest in
Wisconsin, trailing only the stateís 3rd Congressional District
On a national
scale, the 5th district has the 80th highest percentage of jobs
lost to China out of 435 total congressional districts.
leaves no doubt, if there ever was any, that the nationís
staggering trade deficit with China continues to be the single
biggest impediment to a true jobs recovery, especially in
regions with heavy concentrations of high-tech manufacturing,Ē
said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American
in advanced technology products - often cited as a source of
comparative advantage for the U.S. - is now dominated by China.
The trade deficit in the computer and electronic parts industry
saw the most growth, resulting in more than 1.2 million jobs
lost or displaced. In total, $154.4 billion of the $324.2
billion U.S. trade deficit with China last year was in computer
and electronic parts.
this, the report found many of the hardest-hit areas were in
states rich with high-tech manufacturing, such as California,
Texas, Oregon, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.
districts in New York, Georgia, and Illinois were also hit
especially hard by trade-related job displacement in various
manufacturing industries, including computer and electronic
parts, textiles and apparel, and furniture.
suffering the worst job losses were California (564,200 jobs),
Texas (304,700), New York (179,200), Illinois (132,500),
Pennsylvania (122,600), North Carolina (119,600), Florida
(115,700), Ohio (106,400), Massachusetts (97,200), and Georgia