Report: About 371K Kansas jobs supported by trade

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A new study finds that international trade supports about 371,000 Kansas jobs.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Business Roundtable conducted the study. The group is made up of the CEOs of America’s 200 largest companies and has advocated for free-trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea.

The report estimated Kansas exported about $12.2 billion worth of goods in 2012. About $5.4 billion of the goods were sold to countries with which the United States has free-trade agreements.

Only about 19,800 of the Kansas jobs tied to trade in 2011 were in the manufacturing sector. Most – about 68,600 – were in consumer services.

Steve Kelly of the Kansas Department of Commerce says additional free-trade agreements could make it easier for Kansans to sell overseas.

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