if you look at a different wiki
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NAFTA%27s ... employment
you get more accurate figures.
The trade deficit with Mexico has risen from $2 billion in 1994 to $60 billion in 2015.
According to that wiki,
see the argument of the proponents of NAFTA as being one-sided because they only take into consideration export-oriented job impact instead of looking at the trade balance, also known as net exports. They argue that increases in imports ultimately displaced the production of goods that would have been made domestically by workers within the United States
You get people like the CFR arguing that exports to Mexico have increased therefore jobs have been created, but the counterpoint is that imports have increased far more than exports leading to a significant net job loss.
And the lost jobs were well-paying manufacturing ones
U.S.-Mexico trade and job displacement after NAFTA
from the economic policy institute
there's a 22 page pdf file
they put job losses by 2010 (so eight years ago now) at 682,900
According to their study, 61% of the net job losses due to trade with Mexico under NAFTA, or 415,000 jobs, were relatively high paying manufacturing jobs.
That's net jobs, so far more jobs were lost than were created
Your link said, "but harmed a small minority of workers in industries exposed to trade competition"
I suppose if there are over 300 million people in the US, a net job loss of 682,000 is "a small minority"
from back in 2003, same institute
The high price of ‘free’ trade
NAFTA’s failure has cost the United States jobs across the nation
they quote Bush I as saying in 2002 that “two million NAFTA-related jobs have been created in the United States since 1993”
Two million jobs? that's wonderful. But that's jobs created by exports, and the trade gap has widened so more jobs have been lost to imports than gained by exports and the article goes on to say,
But any evaluation of the impact of trade on the domestic economy must include the impact of both imports and exports. If the United States exports 1,000 cars to Mexico, many American workers are employed in their production. If, however, the United States imports 1,000 cars from Mexico rather than building them domestically, then a similar number of Americans who would have otherwise been employed in the auto industry will have to find other work.
When NAFTA was being proposed,
Prominent economists and U.S. government officials predicted that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would lead to growing trade surpluses with Mexico and that hundreds of thousands of jobs would be gained (Hufbauer and Schott 1993; President Clinton 1993).
We have massive deficits not growing surpluses