U.S. Posts a Record Deficit in Manufacturing Trade

Imports from China also set a record in September.

A worker stokes the fire after throwing buckets of scrap glass into the flames during marble production at a manufacturing facility in Paden City, W. Va.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

The U.S. trade deficit in manufacturing hit a record $74.7 billion in September, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by RealityChek, a reliable blog on manufacturing and trade. That could become fodder for debate in the presidential election, where candidates have been arguing over the plight of American factory workers. 

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