The Blue-Collar Jobs Boom Nobody Seems To Notice (Because Itís Happening Under Trump)
John Merline economy, Election 2020 May 13, 2019

Joe Biden, who is currently leading in the polls against the horde of other Democratic presidential hopefuls, believes he can win back the working-class voters who defected to Donald Trump last election and thereby win the presidency. So Biden is trying to convince these voters that Trump was making a lot of empty promises.

ďThe stock market is roaring. But you donít feel it,Ē he said at a rally. ďThere are ó $2 trillion tax cut last year. Did you feel it? Did you get anything from it? Of course not. Of course not.Ē

Actually, they did get something out of it. A lot, as it turns out.

Not that youíd know it from the way the economy has been covered ó or, more appropriately, covered up ó by the mainstream press during the Trump administration. They take their cues from Democrats like Biden or Bernie Sanders, who say Trumpís promise to the working class as ďa fraud.Ē

So reporting on the subject tends to be along the lines of this Chicago Tribune headline declaring that ďTrump struggles to create blue-collar jobs in key parts of the U.S.Ē

But the official government jobs data show something entirely different.

We compared job growth by industry for the 27 months after Trump took office in January 2017 to President Obamaís last 27 months in office, using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Overall, Obama beats Trump ó 5.5 million to 5.2 million.

But break the numbers down and something interesting emerges.

Under Trump, jobs in goods-producing industries ó manufacturing, construction, mining ó have been increasing at a much faster clip than when Joe Biden was vice president. These are the jobs Democrats are constantly promising that their policies will create and protect.

The data show that the economy created 1.2 million goods-producing jobs since Trump took office. Thatís more than twice as many as were created in Obamaís last 27 months in office (455,000).

Look at manufacturing. In Obamaís last 27 months, the economy created 109,000 manufacturing jobs. Itís created 470,000 so far under Trump. Jobs in the durable goods manufacturing industry declined during this time under Obama. As did mining and logging jobs. They made solid gains under Trump.

Blue-collar workers are seeing stronger wage gains as well, with weekly wages for goods-producing jobs up $70 under Trump (a 7% increase), compared with $39 under Obama (a 4% bump).

Itís white-collar service jobs that have been climbing more slowly under Trump. Theyíre up 4 million, compared with 5 million under Obama. Retail trade jobs actually declined in Trumpís first 27 months, compared with a 521,000 gain in Obamaís last 27 months. Government jobs have also been growing more slowly under Trump.

But even here, the more working-class transportation and warehousing industries saw faster job growth under Trump than Obama ó 445,000 to 397,000.

And overall wage growth for service industry jobs has accelerated, with weekly wages up $46.66 under Trump (a 6.7% gain), compared with $35.64 (or 5.4%) under Obama
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