Together these sectors account for over four times as many jobs as the manufacturing, mining, and construction industries Trump touts. Against these realities, Trump’s drive to boost those industries looks like the economic equivalent of his approach to cultural and demographic change: an attempt to restore an irretrievable earlier America. Compared to the overall economy, these three industries’ workforces tilt more toward men and away from urban centers: the non-partisan Economic Innovation Group, which studies regional trends, calculates that non-metropolitan areas, which provided Trump’s geographic base, host a larger share of jobs in mining and manufacturing than in any other employment sector except farming and logging.
By: Ronald Brownstein, The Atlantic
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