KC among big metro areas hit hardest by counter-tariffs, Brookings says

Kansas City ranks among the large metropolitan areas with the most exposure to retaliatory tariffs by U.S. trading partners, according to a report by the Brookings Institution.

More than $810 million, or roughly 7.8 percent, of exports from the Kansas City area face retaliatory measures by U.S. trading partners, according to the study. That percentage ranks ninth among the 100 largest U.S. metro areas.

St. Louis exports exposed to counter-tariffs total more than $969 million, or about 6 percent of the region’s products sold abroad. That puts the area 44th among the top 100 metro areas in terms of exposure.

Brookings, the Washington-based think tank, analyzed the effect of $121 billion in retaliatory tariffs enacted by China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union in response to the Trump administration’s trade policies.

Nationally, about 4.4 percent of exports from the 100 largest metro areas are affected by tariffs. When that scope is expanded to include the whole country, the percentage jumps to 6.1 percent.

Brookings estimates the counter-tariffs touch 1,225 direct export jobs in the Kansas City area that support another 4,006 jobs. In St. Louis, they affect 1,745 jobs that support another 4,810.

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