China trade cost 2.3 million U.S. jobs in 6 years, study says

Cleveland Plain Dealer

The United States lost 2.3 million industrial jobs from 2001 to 2007 as a result of trade with China, according to a study by a Washington, D.C., think tank.

The employment loss in Ohio during that period totaled 102,700 jobs, according to the Economic Policy Institute's briefing paper, "The China Trade Toll." Robert Scott, an economist with the institute, was the report's author.

Ohio's six-year job losses were fifth highest of the 50 states, with 1.85 percent of total employment lost. That was 19th highest among the states, according to Scott's tabulations.

In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, who had reviewed the report, said the data Scott gathered and his conclusions were sound. He said they suggested that "Ohio's manufacturers are playing so often now with one hand tied behind their back" in trying to compete with China and what he called its unfair trade practices.

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