The Commerce Department recently released new figures that show an increasing trend of more American jobs that depend on trade. The jobs of almost six million Americans now depend on trade and that number is growing. From 2005 to 2006 the report documents that 290,000 more jobs were linked to the export of manufactured goods. This means that in 2006, 19.9 percent of all manufacturing jobs depended on the export of manufactured goods. That’s up from 18.6 percent the year before. These figures show that, aside from contributing 41 percent of our economic growth last year, more manufacturing workers’ jobs depending on selling foreign goods outside of the United States.
If you need a reason to support Free Trade Agreements, we’ll give 6 million.