The ongoing trade battle between the U.S. and China has hit Illinois harder than the rest of the nation.
U.S. President Donald Trump has been engaged in a months-long trade war with China that has included retaliatory tariffs slapped on exports to each country.
In 2018, Erin Ennis, senior vice president at the U.S. China Business Council, said the U.S. exports to China declined by more than $10 billion compared with 2017.
“There was a notable decline in U.S. exports to China,” she said.
Illinois saw the largest decline of any state.
“Illinois exported $5.6 billion worth of goods and in 2018, Illinois only exported 3.8 percent, so a really significant decline,” she said.
Ennis said the biggest sector hit was Illinois soybean and soybean byproduct industries. This is reflected in lower commodity prices for farmers selling their crop on the market.
The Trump administration said the Chinese government has been manipulating trade and currency get a better deal with the U.S.