Report shows Hawaii lost 4,100 jobs to China

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KHNL) - A new study released by the Economic Policy Institute Tuesday says the massive U.S. trade deficit with China is coming home to Hawaii, which lost 4,100 jobs between 2001 and 2007, including 700 last year.

The report shows job losses in Hawaii came from many sectors, including the accommodation and food services industry, where more than 500 workers were displaced.

"Our flawed trade relationship with China is destroying good jobs in Hawaii," said Scott Paul, executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing.  "As China diversifies its export base and it's already expanding its electronics products, aircraft, auto parts and machinery, more American products will be unfairly disadvantaged."

Nationally, more than two million U.S. jobs were lost due to the China trade gap since Beijing's 2001 entry into the World Trade Organization.