미국의 3월중 무역적자 규모가 수입원유의 가격상승 때문에 사상 최고로 기록됐습니다.

10일,미 연방 상무부는 미국의 3월중 무역수지 적자가  2월중 적자보다 10퍼센트 넘게 늘어나 거의 6백40억 달러에 달했다고 발표했습니다.  

그러나 미국의 3월중 대 중국 무역적자폭은  미국 기업들의 대중국 수출 증대에 힘입어 줄어든 것으로 나타났습니다.

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The U.S. trade deficit rose sharply in March as the cost of imported oil rose.

Today's (Thursday's) report from the Commerce Department says the gap between what Americans buy abroad and what they sell to customers in foreign nations rose to nearly 64 billion dollars in March.

That is up more than 10 percent from the previous month.

But the politically-sensitive deficit with China shrank as U.S. companies exported more to that nation.

A separate government report (from the Department of Labor) said the number of laid-off workers signing up for unemployment compensation fell by nine-thousand last week (to a total of 297-thousand). Economists say that figure is low for such a large economy and indicates an expanding job market.