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South Carolina highlights the impact of global trade — good and bad

The Post and Courier
Thad Moore
October 24, 2016

For more than a year now, the presidential campaign has focused on global trade and the way it’s shaped the economy in places far from South Carolina.

Voters have heard anti-trade candidates rail against the economic trouble they say it brought to places like Indiana and Ohio, and the win it delivered to countries like China and Mexico.

But the global shifts in trade and manufacturing — and the way they’ve shaped Americans’ work and wages — has hit much closer to home, too.

New research shows that more than most states, South Carolina has been hit hard by the transitions brought by foreign competition, as closing factories and textile mills set swaths of the state on a path toward dwindling job prospects and stagnant paychecks that rippled through local economies.

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