Illinois and Wisconsin Hit Hard by Low-Cost Imports

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A report Tuesday by the Economic Policy Institute in Washington found Illinois lost more than 74,000 jobs and Wisconsin lost more than 41,000 jobs from 1989 to 2003 due to the imports.

The loss puts Wisconsin ninth among hardest hit states in terms of job losses. Maine topped the list, losing two-and-a-half percent of its workforce.

The institute used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Census Bureau.

The U.S.-China trade gap has increased 20-fold over the last 14 years. It's risen from about six billion in 1989 to 124 billion in 2003.

The institute says one and a-half million U.S. jobs have either been eliminated or moved elsewhere in the 14-year period.