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Report says free trade agreement could mean more jobs in Kansas

Report says free trade agreement could mean more jobs in Kansas

By Associated Press. CREATED Dec 1, 2013

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A new report finds Kansas could see about 7,000 new jobs if the U.S. and the European Union reach a free trade agreement.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the findings estimate Kansas' exports to the E.U. would increase by 23.4 percent if a comprehensive agreement is reached.

Kansas Department of Commerce spokesman Matt Keith 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 predicted to see substantial increases are transportation equipment, $278 million; machinery, $97 million; and processed foods, $76 million.