WSJ: What Happened in Steel Cities After Trump’s Tariff Plans? Weak Hiring

Jobs and Economy
On the campaign trail, President Trump said he would create “massive numbers of jobs” for steelworkers. But the reality is just the opposite. The Wall Street Journal details how America’s steel cities are experiencing slower growth following the announcement of President Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Then: President Trump said: “We are going to put American-produced steel back into the backbone of our country. This alone will create massive numbers of jobs.” [Politico, 6/28/16]

Now: “Employment in each of America’s top 10 steel cities has grown slower than the rate of growth for the U.S. as a whole since President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports earlier this year …More widely, other reports have signaled manufacturers are feeling the effects of the planned tariffs. Activity in U.S. factories decelerated recently in part due to disruptions and uncertainty surrounding tariffs, according to the Institute for Supply Management…‘These tariffs are now killing high-paying American manufacturing jobs and businesses,’ he said in the report.” [Wall Street Journal, 5/22/18]