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Illinois Job Losses Since NAFTA And The Impact the Korea Trade Deal Will Have If Passed

On December 3, 2010, President Obama decided to take ownership of South Korea free trade agreement, which had originally been negotiated by President George W. Bush. Although he had promised to make major fixes on the Korea trade deal, Obama’s administration merely tweaked the “cars and cows” market access, leaving in tact a trade deal embodying the NAFTA template. If Congress decides to pass the Korea trade deal, Illinois and the rest of the country will once again risk job losses and a major trade deficit. As certified by the Department of Labor's difficult-to-qualify-for Trade Adjustment Assistance program, 91,133 workers in the Illinois have lost their jobs due to imports or outsourcing since the implementation of NAFTA. Download flyers for additional information.

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