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USTR Kirk Welcomes Rise in Export-Supported Jobs Here at Home

March 12, 2012

Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk today applauded new numbers from the U.S. Department of Commerce showing that jobs supported by U.S. exports increased by 1.2 million between 2009 and 2011. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade policy and overseeing trade negotiations with other countries.

“The President’s National Export Initiative is paying off for American companies and for American workers,” said Ambassador Kirk. ”More exports of Made-in-America goods and services and agricultural products are supporting more jobs for our people here at home. USTR will keep working to open world markets for U.S. exporters and to keep them open through robust enforcement, while coordinating with our partners across the government to keep those export successes – and homegrown jobs – coming.”

In 2010, President Obama announced his NEI goal of doubling U.S. exports by the end of 2014 to create more good-paying jobs. Through the NEI, the Administration is increasing trade advocacy and export promotion efforts, removing barriers and expanding access to markets, and enforcing trade rules. More information on the numbers released by the Department of Commerce today can be found here.