Correlation Between International Trade and Local Transportation Employment

Source: International Trade Administration (ITA)

Despite criticism that international trade exports jobs, about 9.7 million jobs were supported solely by the export of goods and services in 2011. Normally, great attention is placed on the effects of trade on employment or wages in the manufacturing sector, overlooking the impact of trade on the transportation sector because of the many factors that affect transportation employment. But a recent study has been written examining how employment in the transportation sector can significantly be affected by international trade.

The study found the following information:

  • The expansion of U.S. exports between 2003 and 2010 added between 63,000 and 140,000 workers to the sector, with a central estimate of 101,000 workers.
  • The positive contribution of U.S. exports to transportation sector employment offsets some of the national decline in transportation employment over this period.
  • The 30.4 percent increase in the value of exports between 2003 and 2010 helped to limit the national decline in transportation employment to about one percent over this period.

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