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Trump trade tariffs could save some jobs, endanger others

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 5, 2018
Approximately 140,000 Americans now work in primary steel and aluminum production — down from approximately 230,000 in 2000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, according to Moody’s Analytics, more than 6 million Americans work in industries that use…
Weekly Wrap

Are we moving away from a global free market?

by Kai Ryssdal Mar 2, 2018
We look at how tariffs could affect current trade deals after Trump's surprise announcement this week.
President Trump participates in a meeting with leaders of the steel and aluminum industries at the White House on March 1.
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Steel broke Pittsburgh’s heart once. It won’t happen again

by Erika Beras Mar 2, 2018
The Trump administration’s decision to slap stiff tariffs on imported aluminum and steel won’t make much difference to Pittsburgh. Nearly all the steel jobs in the city now are behind a desk. Click the audio player above to hear the…

The Trump Administration’s options around tariffs and quotas

by Tracey Samuelson Feb 26, 2018
The Trump Administration is trying to figure out how to act on a campaign promise to make trade with China more fair. One thing the administration is considering is imposing tariffs or quotas on imports of steel and aluminum. The…

U.S. automakers help Mexican auto export surge in 2017

by Reema Khrais Jan 10, 2018
The number of vehicles imported to the United States from Mexico reached an all-time high last year. Mexico’s auto industry exported 2.3 million vehicles, which is nearly a 10 percent increase from the year before. Click the audio player above…

Final rules over washing machine import tax sits with President Trump

by Scott Tong Nov 22, 2017
President Donald Trump has a new trade decision on his plate: whether to impose tariffs on imported washing machines. The International Trade Commission has recommended a 50 percent tax on some foreign manufacturers. This is the type of case with…
NAFTA Explained

What do your margarita and NAFTA have in common?

by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios Mar 22, 2017
Virtually all tequila in this country comes from Mexico.
Virtually all the tequila in the United States comes from Mexico. Plans to renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA are affecting business plans for tequila makers.
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What would a trade war between China and the U.S. look like?

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 15, 2017
President Donald Trump has promised to take a tough line with China over bilateral trade. Now word comes that Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said at China’s National People’s Congress that China does not want a trade war, but that if…

Why you don’t have to worry about the trade deficit

by , and Dec 29, 2016
Even if Trump is.
A crane is reflected in a puddle as containers are unloaded. 
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U.S. steel suffers from global competition

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 3, 2015
Domestic steel producers are being undercut by cheap imports.