COLUMBIA, Mo. — As the Administration prepares to escalate its reckless trade war with additional tariffs, a new report shows that “every Missouri county… has at least one industry that will be impacted.” The trade war has already resulted in millions of dollars in lost economic activity and hundreds of layoffs across Missouri. Despite these consequences, Josh Hawley still refuses to stand up to his party on behalf of Missourians, and has continued to support the tariffs.
Bloomberg reported last week that President Trump plans to impose tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports. According to the report, Trump wants to move ahead with the tariffs as soon as a public comment period on the proposal ends Sept. 6 and China has reportedly said it will respond with retaliatory tariffs on about $60 billion of U.S. imports.
…According to that analysis, American companies that employ about 11 million workers are threatened by these tariffs.
…Axios’ analysis, which looks at both current and threatened tariffs, shows that hundreds of industries in Missouri will be affected, including 49 in St. Louis County alone. Others are scattered across the state’s more rural counties, 238 in total. They include environmental control manufacturing, bottling, sanitation goods manufacturing, aircraft manufacturing, sawmills, commercial printing, boat building, mining and even wineries.
Every Missouri county, all but three of which voted for Trump, has at least one industry that will be impacted. Barry County, for example, which Trump won with more than 78 percent of the vote, has 283 times the national concentration of window and door manufacturing, meaning it could be vastly more affected than other counties across the country. Soybean farmers in Bates County and tool and die manufacturers in Laclede County can likewise expect to see detrimental impacts to their livelihoods.