Trade Benefits America

Trade agreements are good for the U.S. economy.

Trade Benefits by State

International trade and investment supports jobs and economic growth in every state. Learn more about how your state benefits on our interactive map.

Benefits of Trade Promotion Authority for America

Trade is an important engine for U.S. economic growth and jobs. With more than 30 percent of U.S. GDP tied to international trade and investment, 95 percent of the world’s population abroad, and more than one in five U.S. jobs supported by trade, U.S. engagement in the international marketplace is more important to our nation’s economy than ever before. Passage of Trade Promotion Authority will help Congress and the President to work together to forge new and beneficial trade agreements for the United States.

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Trade Spotlight

Trade and U.S. trade agreements create economic growth and jobs in the United States. Congressional passage of modernized Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation is critical for advancing current U.S. trade negotiations – the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trade in Services Agreement – and future U.S. trade agreements.

Report by TechAmerica. TechAmerica Foundation proudly presents our 2014 edition of Tech Trade in the States: A State-by-State Overview of International Trade of Tech Goods. It provides 2012 data on tech trade at the national level and export data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The report also provides an estimate as to the number of jobs that are supported by export activities.

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U.S. Jobs Supported by Trade More Than Doubled Between 1992-2011

Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is an important tool for securing trade agreements that benefit the U.S. economy and support American job growth.

State Data on Agriculture Trade

The U.S. Department of Agriculture details the importance of agriculture trade for all 50 states.

Pew Research Poll: Majority of Americans Support Free Trade Agreements

A recent Pew Research Center poll reveals that by about 2-to-1, the majority of Americans (59 percent) believe that free trade agreements between the United States and other countries have been a good thing for the country. According to Pew, Americans’ views of free trade agreements have improved since 2011, when only 48 percent expressed support.

How Many Jobs Does Trade Support in Your State?

International trade – exports and imports – supports jobs and economic growth in every state and now supports an estimated 38 million American jobs – more than one in five jobs. The United States exported $2.2 trillion in goods and services in 2012. U.S. exports have grown more than twice as fast as U.S. GDP since 2002 and accounted for 14 percent of U.S. GDP in 2012.