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Report: Ohio Losing Thousands of Jobs Overseas

January 22, 2007


Ohio is losing thousands of jobs each year because of free trade agreements, according to a new study of federally-tracked employment records. Report author Jon Honeck with Policy Matters Ohio says workers lose out because companies move their plants overseas and also because of competition from cheap imports.

"We lost about 13,000 jobs just last year alone. We have not seen that level of trade-related job loss since about 2002."

Honeck believes Congress needs to fix the nation's trade agreements, so American workers aren't competing against countries with lower environmental and labor standards.

"American workers lose their jobs here, and companies create a sweatshop overseas in which workers work in unsafe conditions for pay rates that keep them in poverty or close to it."

Honeck says these numbers underestimate the real scope of the job losses because they don't count service workers and suppliers who also lose their jobs when local factories close. He hopes the new Congress will take up anti-sweatshop legislation introduced last year by Ohio's Sherrod Brown.

The report is online at www.policymattersohio.org.

Rob Ferrett/Eric Mack, Public News Service - OH