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The International Trade Administration is focused on job creation. Specifically, ITA works to create environments where U.S. companies can export more effectively and exporting U.S. companies can create more jobs. To support ITA’s efforts to create more American jobs, the Office of Trade Policy & Analysis assesses the impacts of various trade policies and issues on the U.S. economy and evaluates how they will affect U.S. employment. The Office of Trade Policy & Analysis also collects and evaluates employment data.

Export-Related Jobs

Jobs Supported by Exports 2013: Product and Industry, December 2015

Jobs Supported by Exports 2013: Product and Industry Infographic

This report uses an input-output approach to evaluate the jobs supported by exports throughout the supply chain for the most recent year that industry data were available, 2013.  In the first section, we look at the jobs supported within an industry across all products that are produced by or use the production of that industry as an input.  In the second section, we look at the jobs supported by the export of a product across all industries that produce or supply inputs used in the production of the exported product.

We find that manufacturing industries have the highest share, 27 percent, of their employment supported by exports. We further find that although 61 percent of all export supported jobs are supported by the export of goods, almost 67 percent of all export supported jobs are jobs located within service industries.  Finally, we find that for every job within manufacturing supported by the export of manufactured products there is an additional job supported in service industries by the export of those manufactured products.

Jobs Supported by Export Destination 2014, November 2015

Jobs Supported by Export Destination Excel Data,

Jobs Supported by Export Destination Infographic

U.S. goods and services exports support American jobs. In 2014, U.S. exports to the EU supported 2.6 million jobs, exports to NAFTA supported 2.9 million jobs, and exports to Asia and Pacific supported 3.5 million jobs.

Jobs Supported by State Exports 2014, April 2015

Jobs Supported by State Exports Excel Data,

Jobs Supported by State Goods Exports Infographic,

Jobs Supported by State Manufactured Exports Infographic

In 2014, exports of goods and services directly and indirectly supported an estimated 11.7 million U.S. jobs. Nationally, goods exports consisting of manufactured products, agricultural products, natural resources and used/second-hand products supported 7.1 million jobs, of which 6.2 million jobs were supported by exports of manufactured products. The export of services accounted for the remaining 4.6 million jobs supported.

In this report, we present estimates of jobs supported by exports of goods from the 50 states. We find that goods exports from the states of Texas, California, Washington, New York and Illinois supported an estimated 3.0 million jobs in 2014. This figure represents 42 percent of all U.S. jobs supported by goods exports in 2014. The same five states also accounted for 43 percent of all U.S. jobs supported by manufactured exports.

Jobs Supported by Exports 2014: An Update, March 2015

Jobs Supported by Exports 2014 Infographic

Jobs supported by exports were an estimated 11.7 million in 2014, up 1.8 million since 2009. The estimate of 11.7 million jobs supported represents the greatest number of jobs supported in a single year over the time period covered by this analysis. In 2014, every billion dollars of U.S. exports supported 5,796 jobs, down from 7,117 jobs per billion dollars of U.S. exports in 2009. Increases in export prices and labor productivity continue to drive down the number of jobs supported per billion dollars of exports. Increases in jobs supported by goods exports account for approximately 60 percent of the total 1.8 million gains in jobs supported by exports since 2009.

Employment Publications

International Trade and Local Transportation Employment, March 2012

This paper examines how the expansion of international trade can significantly increase the level of employment in the transportation sector using an econometric model that quantifies the effect of U.S. exports on the level of transportation sector employment in different parts of the United States.  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.  This 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.

Projected Jobs Supported by Exports, 2009 and 2010, July 2011

The International Trade Administration’s 2010 report “Exports Support American Jobs” provided preliminary estimates for jobs supported by exports for 2009 and for the value of exports that support one job for 2009 and 2010. This Economic Brief attempts to improve projections, provide transparency in making the projections, and provides revised estimates for 2009 and 2010.  The revised estimates of jobs supported by exports are 8.7 million in 2009 and 9.2 million in 2010. The value of exports that supports one job was $164,000 in 2009 and $181,000 for 2010. That is, the value fell slightly from 2008 to 2009 because of the recession and softness in export prices. In 2010, the value increased to $181,000 as export prices and productivity strengthened.

Weekly Earnings in Export-Intensive U.S. Services Industries, March 2011

This paper analyzes the weekly earnings of workers in the U.S. services sector. It estimates the premium in labor earnings in U.S. services industries that are export-intensive. The calculations combine worker-level data on weekly earnings, educational attainment, occupational categories, and other demographic characteristics from the Current Population Survey with industry-level data on U.S. exports of services from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  It estimates that workers in export-intensive services industries earn 15 to 20 percent more than comparable workers in other industries.

Do Jobs in Export Industries Still Pay More? And Why? July 2010

This paper uses an econometric model to estimate the impact of exporting on the earnings of U.S. manufacturing workers. It examines a sample of the recent earnings of nearly 60,000 U.S. manufacturing workers. It estimates the impact on earnings of several worker characteristics, including the export intensity of the worker’s industry and the worker’s education, age, location, and occupation. It estimates that exports contribute an additional 18 percent to workers’ earnings on average in the U.S. manufacturing sector.

Employment Changes in U.S. Food Manufacturing: The Impact of Sugar Prices, February 2006

This paper focuses on employment issues in food manufacturing (including confectionery), cane refining, and related industries. In particular, the paper examines whether U.S. jobs have been lost as a result of the movement of manufacturing facilities offshore due, in material part, to the differential between U.S. and world sugar prices.


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Last Updated: 12/11/15 4:06 PM

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