California’s Trade-Related Job Losses on the Rise in Recent Years

Sacramento, Calif. — California’s trade-related job loss has increased over the last three years, according to a new analysis of U.S. Labor Department data conducted by the California Trade Justice Coalition (CTJC). The state also has the highest trade-related job loss numbers in the country.

“The numbers don’t lie. Things aren’t getting better,” said Steve Smith of the California Labor Federation.  “California is hemorrhaging more and more jobs to offshoring week after week, with devastating effects on the state’s working families, our communities and our economy.”

Trade policy experts from CTJC compiled and reviewed data from the federal government’s Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, which provides extended unemployment benefits to a subset of workers that the Department of Labor certifies as having lost their jobs either due to direct offshoring or displacement by imports.  The government data reveal:

  • Trade-Related Job Loss Is on The Rise in California: California experienced a 123% increase in trade-related job losses over the last three years in comparison to the three years before that, with 26,375 job losses certified for TAA under petitions filed between 2017 and 2019 compared to 21,507 between 2014 and 2016. The state likewise suffered a 158% increase in trade-related job losses in 2019 over 2018.
  • California Is the Hardest Hit State in the Country: California suffered the highest trade-related job loss numbers in the country from 2017–2019. These rankings are worse than Washington’s historical position as the state with the second most TAA certifications in the country from 1994–2019 with 213,852 certified job losses over that period.
  • All Corners of the State Have Been Affected: Cities and towns with more than 100 TAA certifications over the last three years include: Anaheim (100 certified job losses); Burbank (402 certified job losses); Camarillo (405 certified job losses); Carlsbad (245 certified job losses); Carson (509 certified job losses); Chula Vista (270 certified job losses); City of Industry (460 certified job losses); Commerce (359 certified job losses); Compton (123 certified job losses); Concord (256 certified job losses); Corona (123 certified job losses); Culver City (392 certified job losses); Cypress (189 certified job losses); El Segundo (641 certified job losses); Fontana (109 certified job losses); Fremont (421 certified job losses); Fullerton (340 certified job losses); Garden Grove (166 certified job losses); Goleta (296 certified job losses); Hemet (325 certified job losses); Hollister (165 certified job losses); Huntington Beach (644 certified job losses); Irvine (793 certified job losses); La Palma (280 certified job losses); Lakeport (169 certified job losses); Long Beach (521 certified job losses); Los Angeles (607 certified job losses); Menlo Park (134 certified job losses); Milpitas (100 certified job losses); Mountain View (2,737 certified job losses); Oceanside (436 certified job losses); Ontario (603 certified job losses); Perris (141 certified job losses); Porterville (150 certified job losses); Rancho Cucamonga (445 certified job losses); Riverside (310 certified job losses); San Diego (796 certified job losses); San Francisco (546 certified job losses); San Jose (496 certified job losses); San Ramon (135 certified job losses); Santa Clara (1,029 certified job losses); Simi Valley (407 certified job losses); South Gate (232 certified job losses); Stockton (167 certified job losses); Sun Valley (116 certified job losses); Sylmar (233 certified job losses); Thousand Oaks (126 certified job losses); Tracy (171 certified job losses); Tustin (493 certified job losses); Valencia (393 certified job losses); Vernon (301 certified job losses); Vista (321 certified job losses); Watsonville (147 certified job losses); West Sacramento (449 certified job losses); and Westlake Village (117 certified job losses).

Additional data from the U.S. Census Bureau also shows that the U.S. trade deficit in goods has been on the rise over the last three years, reaching over $852 billion in 2019. California’s own trade deficit in goods was almost $235 billion in 2019.

“Offshored jobs mean less income, cut-off benefits and increased stress for the families directly affected, but the wider community is also often hurt,” said Robert Longer of the Communications Workers of America. “When thousands of California’s jobs are shipped overseas there’s less money for people to spend at local businesses, less tax revenue for our schools and other public services, and there’s also a very real downward pressure on the wages and benefits of the jobs that are left.”

“We also need to get serious about trade deals that actually enforce labor rights, require wage improvements and include strong environmental standards so that corporations are no longer able to ship jobs around the globe to wherever workers are the most exploited and regulations are the weakest,” said Will Wiltschko of the California Trade Justice Coalition.

The TAA data used for this analysis is particularly reliable as it provides a hard count of actual jobs lost at actual worksites, rather than relying on the economic modeling found in most government, academic and industry group reports about job effects of U.S. trade policy. That said, the TAA certification numbers included here fall far short of the true number of jobs in California lost due to trade — both because the TAA program has never covered all categories of work adversely affected by trade and because worksites where no one actively applies for TAA are not captured in the dataset.

A full copy of the CTJC analysis is online here.


Recent TAA Certifications in California

Company NameCityPetition DateJob Losses
Nuance Communications, Inc.Agoura Hills13-Jun-1917
B/E Aerospace, Inc.Anaheim24-Feb-17100
Siskiyou Forest ProductsAnderson20-Sep-1844
East Bay TimesAntioch18-Apr-1810
St. Mary Medical CenterApple Valley12-Jul-193
TIDI Products, LLCArcadia14-Nov-1878
Sierra Pacific IndustriesArcata20-Sep-1890
Crimson Renewable Energy, L.P.Bakersfield21-May-187
Biosense Webster Inc.Baldwin Park30-Jul-184
Continental Casualty CompanyBrea7-Mar-175
Power Probe Inc.Brea10-Apr-1711
Beckman Coulter, Inc.Brea1-Mar-1950
Deluxe 3D LLCBurbank1-Jun-1815
Deluxe Media Inc.Burbank9-Jul-1867
Deluxe Media Inc.Burbank21-Dec-1820
Deluxe Media Inc.Burbank15-Mar-19153
Deluxe Media Inc.Burbank24-Apr-19122
Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company, N.A.Burbank10-May-1911
Providence Health & Services-WashingtonBurbank12-Jul-1914
Prolifics, Inc.Calabasas26-Jan-1868
Stragtegic Products and Services, LLCCamarillo14-Mar-1783
ODU-USA, Inc.Camarillo19-Jul-1723
Johanson Technology Inc.Camarillo29-Mar-1825
Ossur North AmericaCamarillo22-Oct-1824
ZPower LLCCamarillo24-May-19200
Boston Scientific CorporationCampbell7-Feb-1926
Confluent Medical TechnologiesCampbell20-Feb-2067
Mo Bio Laboratories, Inc.Carlsbad28-Feb-1768
Breg, Inc.Carlsbad1-Dec-1794
Zimmer Dental, Inc.Carlsbad19-Jan-1883
CWD LLCCarson17-Oct-18509
Toppan Merrill LLCCentury City12-Mar-1932
Hewlett Packard EnterpriseCerritos2-Feb-1742
AT&T Services, Inc.Cerritos4-Apr-191
TE Connectivity/Measurement SpecialtiesChatsworth1-May-1746
Custom Control Sensors, LLCChatsworth27-Jul-1734
United Technologies Aerospace SystemsChula Vista22-Mar-173
Integrated Energy Technologies Inc.Chula Vista28-Jun-1726
Toyo Tire Mexico LLCChula Vista10-Apr-184
Rohr, Inc.Chula Vista3-Oct-19237
Sweda Company LLCCity of Industry10-Mar-1737
Smurfit Kappa North America, LLCCity of Industry20-Feb-18256
Frank and Adam Apparel LLCCity of Industry7-Jun-1890
Bank of the WestCity of Industry28-Feb-1919
Bank of the WestCity of Industry12-Nov-1958
Imperial Western Products, Inc.Coachella21-May-1835
Smart & Final Stores LLCCommerce13-Nov-1765
Unified Grocers, Inc.Commerce20-Nov-17108
Murray’s Iron Works, Inc.Commerce28-Nov-1761
Deco LightingCommerce11-Apr-1824
99 Cents Only StoreCommerce6-Nov-19101
Transamerican Auto PartsCompton20-Mar-1830
Kraco Enterprises LLCCompton17-Jul-1883
MOL (America) Inc.Concord6-Apr-184
Ricoh USA, Inc.Concord21-Aug-192
Wells Fargo Bank N.A.Concord1-Jan-20250
Bell-Carter Foods LLCCorning19-Oct-1846
Meggitt Control SystemsCorona27-Jun-1753
Tridien MedicalCorona31-Jan-1870
Smiths Interconnect Americas, Inc.Costa Mesa30-Jan-2011
International Business Machines (IBM)Costa Mesa16-Mar-177
Experian Services Corp.Costa Mesa12-Aug-1968
Schneider Electric IT USA, Inc.Costa Mesa16-Aug-1910
MedtronicCulver City23-Oct-1880

Source: “Petitions and Determination Data,” U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance (OTAA).

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