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Challenging the FTAA, NAFTA & the WTO:
A Community Research Toolkit

September 2003

Getting A State & National Economic Picture

When researching the impact of trade policy locally it is often useful to compare your city or community with state & national economic indicators like unemployment rates & wage levels. Looking at economic indicators at a broader level may also help you detect trends in your hometown and across the country.

National

Economic Policy Institute
http://www.epinet.org/content.cfm/webfeatures_indicators
Frequently updated analysis on economic indicators in U.S. Includes: Trade, Jobs, Income and Gross Domestic Product

U.S. Census Bureau: Census 2000
http://factfinder.census.gov/servlet/BasicFactsServlet
National information on employment income, poverty, housing, population demographics and more

State

Economic Policy Institute
http://www.epinet.org/content.cfm/datazone_states_usmap_index
State at a glance info, contains decade long comparisons over time: median family income, income inequality, poverty rate, wages, unemployment, jobs paying poverty level wages

National Priorities Project
http://www.nationalpriorities.org/budget/sos2003/index.html
Select your state to view information on the amount Federal Government contributes to your state budget, a "needs" snapshot showing poverty, health insurance & affordable housing information, living wage for the state; and information on tax cuts for the wealthy & spending for the military.

U.S. Census Bureau: Census 2000: State & County QuickFacts
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/
Click on your state to see information on population, demographics, per capita income, poverty levels and number of businesses owned by people of color & women. Includes comparisons between state & national figures.

A project of the DataCenter's Economic Justice Program.

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CONTENTS

Introduction
What Is the FTAA, NAFTA & WTO?
State & National Economic Picture
Trade Legislation & Disputes
NAFTA Job Losses In Your Community
Environmental Injustice & Health Impacts
Privatization of Public Services
Region-Specific Industry Information
Militarism & Migration
Privatization of Education
Popular Education Tools
Calendar of Actions
Community Networks & Other Resources

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