Donald Trump Gets Good Factory Job Numbers in his First Full Month

Matthew McMullan

Matthew McMullan Communications Manager, Alliance for American Manufacturing

President Donald Trump rails against “dishonest” media all the time. Doesn’t like bad press, apparently! Well. He’ll like this headline:

U.S. Jobs, Pay Show Solid Gains in Trump's First Full Month

That’s right: Today is jobs day, and the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its employment report. Trump used to call the jobs report “phony” when it was expedient for him to do so – meaning, when he wasn’t president – but he sure likes them now!

Anyway, in February the economy created 28,000 manufacturing jobs. Yes, yes: Employment is cyclical, and the jobs report might reflect some of that. Nevertheless, we think 28,000 new manufacturing jobs is a good sign for the economy, and the president's first full jobs report is good news.

Here’s what Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul said:

"Factory workers received some good news today. The manufacturing sector has seen growth the last few months, showing that revitalization is possible with the right policies.

"If this growth is to continue, the administration and Congress must commit to sustainable infrastructure investment with Buy American preferences, strong trade enforcement, smart tax policies, and tools that address currency manipulation.

"Working-class voters are watching, and they are counting on action."

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This was reposted from AAM.

Posted In: Allied Approaches

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An Invitation to Sunny Miami. What Could Be Bad?

Sam Pizzigati

Sam Pizzigati Editor, Too Much online magazine

If a billionaire “invites” you somewhere, you’d better go. Or be prepared to suffer the consequences. This past May, hedge fund kingpin Carl Icahn announced in a letter to his New York-based staff of about 50 that he would be moving his business operations to Florida. But the 83-year-old Icahn assured his staffers they had no reason to worry: “My employees have always been very important to the company, so I’d like to invite you all to join me in Miami.” Those who go south, his letter added, would get a $50,000 relocation benefit “once you have established your permanent residence in Florida.” Those who stay put, the letter continued, can file for state unemployment benefits, a $450 weekly maximum that “you can receive for a total of 26 weeks.” What about severance from Icahn Enterprises? The New York Post reported last week that the two dozen employees who have chosen not to uproot their families and follow Icahn to Florida “will be let go without any severance” when the billionaire shutters his New York offices this coming March. Bloomberg currently puts Carl Icahn’s net worth at $20.5 billion.

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