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Hawaii losing jobs to China

    ALTRES technical staffing manager Lynn Hiyan

Hawaii has lost 6,100 jobs to China and ranks 44th among U.S. states’ employment losses, according to a new study.

The Economic Policy Institute reports that by far the majority of job losses are in manufacturing, and that all but one congressional district has lost net job opportunities since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

The EPI study revealed that 2.4 million manufacturing jobs were lost between December 2001 and December 2013, or roughly two-thirds of all U.S. manufacturing jobs lost or displaced during that time.

"This report leaves no doubt, if there ever was any, that the nation’s staggering trade deficit with China continues to be the single biggest impediment to a true jobs recovery, especially in regions with heavy concentrations of high-tech manufacturing," said Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, in a statement.

The states encountering the most severe job losses were California (564,200); Texas (304,700); New York (179,200); Illinois (132,500); Pennsylvania (122,600); North Carolina (119,600); Florida (115,700); Ohio (106,400); Massachusetts (97,200), and Georgia (93,700).

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