Tag: Donald Trump
Americans Deserve Safer Jobs
by Matt Sedlar , 08/28/2019
Filiberto Morales was 36 years old when he reported to work at a construction site on the grounds of Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville, Texas. It was June 26, 2018. According to an investigative report from the state fire marshal’s office, as Morales was working in the site’s mechanical room, natural gas was leaking into […]
Manufacturers Have a Trump Problem
by Matt Sedlar , 07/01/2019
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently released its Manufacturer’s Outlook Survey for the second quarter of 2019, and by its own members’ measures, optimism is starting to take a hit. The association is still pushing the line that one of the biggest concerns the industry is facing is “attracting and retaining a quality workforce.” […]
Non-Investing Manufacturers Threaten Tax Law Repeal Would Mean Even Less Investment
by Matt Sedlar , 06/11/2019
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently declared that any attempt to repeal Trump’s 2017 tax reform law would “strike a major blow to manufacturing jobs, wages and investments.” The organization backed the claim with data from its last quarterly survey of manufacturers, which found 66 percent of respondents stating they would consider cutting back […]
The Cost of Coal
by Matt Harmon , 09/19/2018
At a recent rally in West Virginia, Donald Trump expressed preference for coal-derived energy over renewables by labeling wind farms as avian killing fields. Trump’s concern for wildlife is unconvincing. To loosen restrictions on the fossil fuel industry his administration has pushed deregulatory efforts to mute climate change actions by rolling back car emissions standards […]
We Are Finally Seeing Wage Growth, But it Began Well Before President Trump Took Office
by Alan Barber , 02/02/2018
On the campaign trail and once in office, President Trump promised that the nation would quickly see jobs come roaring back. Of course, the country had already seen unemployment rates fall sharply before the 2016 elections reflecting the economic policies of the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve under then-Chair Janet Yellen.
Blue Collar Jobs Down in Rust Belt as the Country on the Whole Continues to See Job Growth
by Alan Barber and Dean Baker , 08/22/2017
New York continues to see the largest losses in manufacturing jobs in the Rust Belt. The latest state jobs report shows that overall employment grew strongly in 11 states and Washington, DC, while only Georgia lost a substantial number of jobs (-14,100 or -0.3 percent) in July.
Pennsylvania and Ohio Manufacturing Job Growth Takes a Hit in First Half of 2017
by Alan Barber and Dean Baker , 07/24/2017
At the national level, there was an increase in the total number of blue collar jobs in June. Construction gained 15,000 jobs while mining and logging added 8,000 jobs. Manufacturing, though still seeing positive gains, only added 1,000 jobs.
Blue Collar Job Growth Weakens in May
by Alan Barber and Dean Baker , 06/19/2017
Trump doesn’t seem to be bringing the jobs home.
Will President Trump Make Rust-Belt Manufacturing Great Again?
by Dean Baker , 05/24/2017
We now have three months of state job data under President Trump. While the course of the economy is still largely the result of the policies that were put in place before Donald Trump came into office, it is reasonable to believe that we are now beginning to feel some impact of his administration’s policies.
Highest to Lowest Share of Blue Collar Jobs By State
by Nick Buffie and Tillie McInnis , 04/10/2017
Last November, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States thanks largely to overwhelming support from working-class white voters. This has engendered a discussion about the decline of blue collar jobs in the Midwest specifically and throughout the country more broadly.