March tariff increase would cost 934K jobs, advocacy group says

March tariff increase would cost 934K jobs, advocacy group says
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“The trade war is already creating enormous economic loss, and this report shows how much worse it could get," said Charles BoustanyCharles William BoustanyMarch tariff increase would cost 934K jobs, advocacy group says Bottom Line On The Money: US adds 155k jobs in November | Unemployment holds at 3.7 percent | Wage growth strengthening | Trump signs stopgap spending bill delaying shutdown MORE, a former congressman and spokesman for Tariffs Hurt the Heartland.
 
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The group's projections also said gross domestic product (GDP) would drop by one-third of a percentage point if the new tariffs are enacted on March 1.
 
Trump imposed tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of Chinese imports last year, and has threatened to increase them at the beginning of March if a new trade deal isn't reached with China. Negotiations with China are expected to continue next week, with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinTop Chinese official heading to Washington for trade talks The Hill's Morning Report - Trump faces mounting challenges to emergency declaration White House confirms new trade talks with China MORE scheduled to travel to China.
 
If China retaliates against the United States, as it has done in the past, U.S. job losses would increase to 2.1 million, and lop a full percentage point off GDP, costing the average family of four $2,294, according to the study.
 
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