CLAIM: During President Joe Biden’s State of the Union (SOTU) address on Tuesday evening, he claimed that for decades, American jobs have been “exported”From the United States economy.
VERDICT: True. American jobs, for decades, have been eliminated from the U.S. economy with Biden’s backing.
“For too many decades, we imported products and exported jobs,”During his third SOTU speech to the nation, Biden spoke.
This claim is correct. From 2001 to 2018, U.S. free trade with China eliminated 3.7 million American jobs from the economy — 2.8 million of which were lost in American manufacturing. In the same time frame, more than 50,000 American manufacturing companies closed.
The massive gutting of working and middle class American jobs came as Biden, then in the Senate, supported China’s entering the World Trade Organization (WTO). In September 2020, Biden defended his supporting China’s entering the WTO and normalizing trade relations with China.
Biden also supported the North American Free Trade Agreement, (NAFTA) in 1997. He claimed that it would benefit American auto workers. These workers were eventually forced to leave their jobs in Mexico years later.
According to Public Citizen data, NAFTA has resulted in nearly one million American jobs being certified as having been lost by free trade. These jobs are those that Trade Adjustment Assistance recognizes as having been lost due to free trade. It does not reflect the true number of job losses.
Mexico has been the single biggest victim of free trade.
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