New Boss, Same
Mission, Laser Focus
Stefan M. Selig is the
Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade.
It is wonderful to be able to share good news after just two
weeks on the job.
And the International Trade Administration has had some good
news to share.
Last week, the Department of Commerce announced that the
United States achieved a record month in May, exporting
$195.5 billion in quality goods and services.
This week, we shared new data showing exactly how those
exports support our economy. We already knew that exports support 11.3
million U.S. jobs, now we know how
exports to various markets support those jobs.
In fact, exports to the Asia-Pacific region support 3.2
million jobs, which is 28 percent of all export-related U.S. jobs.
Our exports to Asia are a significant part of our
increasingly important economic relationship with the region, which is why I'm
honored to join Commerce Secretary Pritzker and other government leaders at the
Strategic and Economic Dialogue in China this week.
As I begin my tenure as the Under Secretary for
International Trade, I look forward to working with more countries, and
working with many of America's business men and women to help expand the United States' position in the global marketplace.
My charge to our team here at ITA has been to approach
our work with a laser focus. The work of ITA and all its employees helps
American businesses compete and win globally, and we take our jobs seriously.
Based on the successes I have heard so far, from supporting
companies expanding in Latin America through the Look
South campaign, to driving transportation companies into
new markets, I know this is an organization that has and will continue to
thrive on client service.
I look forward to seeing this team succeed in supporting
trade, investment, jobs, and economic growth throughout the country. We're here
Data is a great place to start for aspiring exporters. But you should also take a step back to understand the facts behind the data before you make any moves. Here's how to get started.