New Chamber Website Shows Direct Link Between Exports, Jobs

Jun 15, 2011

The U.S. Chamber's John Murphy (left) and Tom Donohue unveil a new website linking trade to jobs in every state and district.

The U.S. Chamber has unveiled the newest and most effective tool yet in its trade education arsenal—an interactive website that provides an unprecedented amount of information on exports and the jobs they support.

Using information gathered exclusively from official U.S. government databases, makes available for the first time lists of exporting manufacturers, the merchandise they export, and the countries they export to, broken down by state and congressional district. The total value of merchandise exports and number of jobs directly supported by exports are also available.

The web site is part of the Chamber’s effort to build support for passage of pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama. “At a time when nearly 14 million Americans are out of work, these three trade agreements will create real business opportunities for American workers, farmers and companies,” said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue at a June 14 press conference. “With facts and arguments, we’ll win this trade debate and get these deals done.”

As the pending trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama move closer to a vote in Congress, the Chamber is intensifying its grassroots trade education campaign across the country with print and online advertisements, increased social media engagement, and meetings with freshman House members in their districts to discuss how these trade deals will create jobs. 

The U.S. needs these trade agreements more than ever, Donohue said, pointing out that U.S. companies have paid more than $17 billion in tariffs to Korea, Colombia, and Panama since the FTAs were signed four years ago. “That’s $17 billion in taxes paid to foreign governments that would never have been levied if the FTAs hadn’t been gathering dust for the past four years.”

Meanwhile, other nations are on their way to implementing their own trade deals with the three countries, including an agreement between the European Union and Korea that goes into effect on July 1, and a Canada-Colombia FTA that goes into force on August 1.

“The U.S. will lose more than 380,000 jobs and $40 billion in export sales if we continue to delay,” Donohue warned.

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