Economy
8:22 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Agreement Between U.S. and E.U. Could Lead To 7,000 New Kansas Jobs

A new report says Kansas could see about 7,000 new jobs if the U.S. and the European Union reach a free trade agreement.

The report estimates Kansas' exports to the E.U. would increase by 23.4 percent if a comprehensive agreement is reached.

Matt Keith with the Kansas Department of Commerce says Kansas had $1.8 billion worth of exports to the European Union in 2012.

That makes the E.U. countries Kansas' second-largest export destination, behind Canada.

The report projected Kansas exports to the E.U. would increase most in the chemicals sector, with $351 million more in sales.

Other areas the report says could increase are transportation equipment, machinery and processed foods.

The British Embassy in Washington is among the report's sponsors.