37,000 jobs lost in Oregon due to trade with China: Is it a public health issue?
According to a DC-based Policy Institute study (published in the Portland Business Journal), 37,000 Oregon jobs have been lost due to trade with China. More than half the jobs paid above-average wages. During that period, the U.S. trade deficit with China rose from $84 billion to $262 billion.
According to the Oregon Center for Public Policy, Oregon’s legislators should help to provide job retraining for emerging industries such as alternative energy, and should find ways for Oregon workers to get adequate unemployment insurance and health care coverage.
After all, 37,000 lost jobs costs this state a lot of money in terms of mental health, substance abuse, alcoholism, and community violence.
What do you think? Do you agree with the recommendations by the Oregon Center for Public Policy?
And is this an issue of public health in Oregon?
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