Buy American. Drive American. Wear American. The American economy seems to be on everybody’s minds these days, namely returning jobs and money sent overseas back to the American people. Many voters in the 2016 U.S. presidental election desired to return to a time when America was producing more than it was taking in. According to data published by the World Bank, the United States represented 40% of the world’s GDP in 1960. By 2015, that number had dropped to only 24%. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), by 2020 the U.S. is predicted to have 5.7 million less manufacturing jobs than it had in 2000. Additionally, the percentage of Americans employed in manufacturing dropped from 19% in 1980 to 8% in 2016. In this article we will analyze a dataset from census.gov looking at America’s international trade balance from 1985 through the present day.

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