EPI’s Robert Scott reports that the Unites States’ trade deficit with China has more than quadrupled since China entered the World Trade Organization—rising from $83 billion in 2001 to $367.2 billion in 2015. This rise has led to a total loss of 3.4 million jobs, nearly three-fourths of which were in manufacturing.
EPI is pleased to announce that Heidi Shierholz, the former chief economist to the Labor Department under President Obama, has returned to EPI to run the Perkins Project on Worker Rights and Wages, a policy response team that tracks the Trump administration’s wage and employment actions. Celine McNicholas and Samantha Sanders have also joined EPI. Celine McNicholas is EPI Labor Counsel and a member of the Perkins Project on Worker Rights and Wages. She came to EPI from the National Labor Relations Board. Samantha Sanders is EPI’s Director of Government relations; she came to EPI from the Department of Labor.