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Labor group says trade pacts costs Oregon jobs

Oregon lost 1,911 jobs in 2012 due to international trade pacts, a 34 percent increase from 2011, according to U.S. Labor Department data compiled by the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign.

The jobs were lost due to offshoring by Oregon employers or displacement of imports.

The federal agency provides worker training and other benefits for those whose jobs were lost due to trade pacts. No comparable figures are compiled for jobs gained due to international trade deals, though Oregon is a net exporter, particularly of semiconductors.

As a share of the population, Oregon had the fourth-highest job losses due to trade among the states last year, the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign reported.

The Labor Department has certified 55,085 job losses in Oregon due to trade pacts since the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect in 1994, according to the labor-affiliated group.