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.

To learn how the United States as a whole benefits, click here.

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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Trade Agreements Open Markets for U.S. Products

U.S. trade agreements open markets around the world for U.S. companies and workers to sell their goods and services and set strong rules for two-way trade with other countries. This supports economic growth and jobs in local communities across the country.

More U.S. Jobs Supported by Trade

Share of Jobs Tied to Trade Doubled Between 1992 and 2011
As the United States opens new markets around the globe, the number of U.S. jobs supported by trade continues to grow. In fact, the percentage of U.S. jobs supported by trade in 2011 (21.7 percent) is double the percentage of U.S. jobs supported by trade in 1992 (10.4 percent).

Free Trade Benefits Every State

From Alabama to Wyoming, every state has benefitted from U.S. free trade agreements (FTA) with our 20 FTA partner countries around the world.

Trade = Economic Growth in America

With more than 95 percent of the world’s population outside the United States and more than one in five U.S. jobs supported by trade, expanding trade and investment opportunities around the world, including through U.S. trade agreements, is critical to economic growth in America.

The proof is in the numbers.

1. U.S. exports accounted for 14 percent of U.S. GDP in 2013 and have grown more than twice as fast as U.S. GDP since 2002.