- In his State of the Union address last year Trump proclaimed a “blue-collar boom” in jobs. It was fact-free nonsense. It didn’t happen, not even before Trump’s incompetent and malicious pandemic response threw tens of millions of people, including many factory workers, onto the unemployment lines.
- “Even before the coronavirus outbreak, the promised benefits of the president’s $1.9 trillion tax cuts hadn’t materialized and manufacturing had fallen into a slump,” Rep. Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat, wrote in a report. “After a brief upturn in 2018, manufacturing had fallen into a slump by the first quarter of 2019.
- Overall, the U.S. has suffered a net loss of more than 91,000 manufacturing plants and nearly 5 million manufacturing jobs since 1997. Nearly 1,800 factories have disappeared during the Trump administration between 2016 and 2018. The bottom 90% of Americans, had less real income in 2018 than in 1973, the peak year for the share of production jobs in union shops.
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