State's job losses to China among top 10

May 2, 2007

Indiana was among the top 10-hardest hit states due to China’s entry into the World Trade Organization, a move that caused a displacement of production that otherwise would have remained in the United States, according to a report issued by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

Indiana lost 45,200 jobs, or 1.5 percent of the state’s total employment, the report said.

Overall, the increase in the U.S. trade deficit with China between 1997 and 2006 displaced production that could have supported 2.17 million U.S. jobs.

Other states hit hard included New Hampshire, North Carolina, California, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.


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