The trade war is escalating between the U.S. and its largest trading partners. Many U.S. local economies - cities, towns, and rural areas - depend on exports to support jobs and economic growth.
The Brookings Institution compiled data to estimate which local and regional economies rely the most on export industries targeted by retaliatory tariffs.
The country's largest trading partners - China, the EU, and NAFTA (Canada and Mexico) - have responded to U.S. tariffs by slapping their own tariffs on over $120 billion of U.S. exports, Brookings says.
According to Brookings:
- Retaliatory tariffs now touch about 6.1% of total U.S. exports.
- Regional economies specializing in agriculture and metals have the highest share of exports in tariff-affected industries.
- The tariffs may affect about 294,000 direct export jobs, but those jobs support an additional 354,000 jobs, which means the tariffs implicate about 650,000 jobs overall.
- The retaliatory tariffs differ by trading partner, but targeted industries include agriculture, vehicles, iron and steel, waste and scrap, precision instruments, chemicals, and meat and poultry.
The Brookings' data from 962 regions - large metropolitan areas, small cities, and rural geographies - showed the region with the highest proportion of exports in tariff-affected industries was Blytheville, Ark., with 26.1% of exports affected (worth about $126 million) and 24.1% of export-supported jobs (about 600 jobs) potentially affected.
This list is based on the areas that have the largest volume of exports in tariff-affected industries, by dollar amount, according to the Brookings data. Many of these are larger metropolitan areas, and due to their size and diverse economies, are not as proportionally affected as smaller places like Blytheville.
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