Trump Touts Manufacturing in Ohio as Covid Deaths and Unemployment Surge

  • The Ohio economy grew by 6.2 percent during the last three years of the Obama-Biden administration, but growth dropped to 5.2 percent in the first three years of the Trump administration.
  • According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, job creation has been in decline under the Trump administration:
  • 64.1 percent fewer Ohio jobs were added during the first three years of the Trump administration than were created in the last three years of the Obama-Biden administration. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Ohio had started losing jobs: In January 2020, Ohio had 1,300 fewer payroll jobs than in January 2019.
  • 38.5 percent fewer manufacturing jobs in Ohio were added in the first three years of the Trump administration than were created in the last three years of the Obama-Biden administration. By January 2020, the state saw 5,500 fewer manufacturing jobs than one year prior.
  • 3.9 percent fewer construction jobs in Ohio were added in the first three years of the Trump administration than in the last three years of the Obama-Biden administration.
  • The Trump administration’s erratic trade policies also hurt Ohio’s economy:
  • Total goods exports to other countries from Ohio fell in the first three years under President Trump. Real exports were 2.5 percent lower in his first three years than they were in the last three years of the Obama-Biden administration. It got worse in 2019, when exports of goods to other countries from Ohio declined by 4.3 percent.
  • Manufacturing exports to other countries from Ohio also fell in the first three years under President Trump. Real manufacturing exports were 2.9 percent lower in his first three years than they were in the last three years of the Obama-Biden administration. In 2019, state manufacturing exports declined by 4.9 percent.
  • Crop exports to other countries from Ohio have seen a real decline of 6.9 percent under President Trump as of 2018 — the latest year for which U.S. Department of Agriculture data are available.
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data also show that wage growth has fallen behind rising prices in Ohio: Over the first three years of Trump’s presidency — from January 2017 to January 2020 — the cost of living rose by 6.2 percent while average weekly wages only grew by 4.6 percent. Manufacturing wages were slightly better than the average but still failed to keep up with rising prices, with the average weekly wage only going up by 5.6 percent.

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