WCIT Study Finds 68,500 Union Jobs Directly Supported by International Trade in WA

November 05, 2015 @ 2:11 PM

International trade directly supports 68,500 union jobs in Washington state, according to a new study released by the Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT). This represents 14 percent of all unionized jobs in the state, driven in large part by the aerospace and maritime industries.

“We already know that trade directly and indirectly supports at least 40% of jobs in the state of Washington, so it’s no surprise that 68,500 union jobs depend directly on trade,” said Eric Schinfeld, president of the WCIT. “These findings highlight why it’s so important to support strong trade policies like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Export-Import Bank that increase our employers’ global competitiveness; by doing so, we can create good-paying jobs for workers across our state, union and non-union alike. In fact, export-related jobs pay 13 to 18 percent more than non-export-related jobs. Washington state is impacted more by our country’s trade policies than any other state, so it’s critical that we advocate for policies that open new markets to our products and level the playing field.”

WCIT commissioned Community Attributes to conduct the study. 

View the study.

Questions? Contact Ashley Dutta at 206-389-7310 orashleyd@wcit.org.

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