In April 2015, the Department of Commerce and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released a joint report titled "United States of Trade" to highlight stories and data about the positive impact of trade in all 50 states. The report breaks down export statistics from 2014 to analyze the growth of U.S. industry and manufacturing. It demonstrates that the value of U.S. exports has more than doubled during the past decade, reaching $2.3 trillion in 2014. The report highlights that nearly 98 percent of the 300,000+ companies exporting American goods are small or medium-sized businesses, and that continued growth of U.S. exports will mean sustained economic growth and the creation of additional well-paying jobs. The report also emphasizes that U.S. exports reached record-breaking levels for the fifth consecutive year in 2014.
"There are 11.7 million reasons to support President Obama's trade agenda," wrote U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in the introduction to the report, alluding to the number of American jobs supported by trade. In public remarks made in conjunction with the release of the report, Ambassador Froman stated his belief that "[w]ith the Trans-Pacific Partnership we have a once-in-a-generation chance to unleash the economic potential of American small businesses and to level the playing field for our workers."