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Trade puts food on your table — in more ways than one.
In addition to availing our country of plentiful and inexpensive goods from across the globe, trade provides the means by which many Americans bring those goods home.
Nearly one in five U.S. jobs is supported by international trade. In 2016, that represented nearly 36 million jobs. And, as international trade becomes a more prominent feature of American life, more and more employment will rely on it. Between 1992 and 2016, trade-dependent jobs increased by 148 percent.
Picture that: In just a quarter of a century, Americans with trade-supported jobs jumped from one in 10 to one in five. That doesn’t mean that jobs that were previously non-trade-based all became reliant on trade. Indeed, in many cases, trade created these jobs.
The fact is, trade openness — through international trade organizations and agreements like NAFTA — has made our country wealthier, our businesses stronger and Americans better off. We need more open trade to bring more affordable goods to our shelves and the means to bring those goods to our homes through jobs.
Trade keeps our country moving and growing. It also keeps our country working. Tell Washington: We need more open trade. Don’t restrict it.