Today, more than 38 million U.S. jobs depend on trade. Trade-related employment has grown by 24 million new jobs in less than two decades, and is an essential part of America’s recovery and future success. With 95 percent of customers living outside the United States, U.S. trade agreements are key to helping American workers and companies sell their products and services around the world.
In the late 2000s, the U.S. was considering trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama that would support the creation of an estimated 250,000 U.S. jobs and increase U.S. exports by an estimated $13 billion. This interactive map illustrates the economic benefits of trade at the national, state and congressional district levels, such as impact on GDP and job growth. The map also includes a widget that allows users to take action by sending emails, Facebook posts and tweets to their local members of Congress. Of note, Congress passed all three trade agreements on October 12, 2011.