By Lianna Novitz
Some more of Trump’s alternative facts have reached us from Iowa.
Trump tooted his horn at a recent campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, saying “33,000 mining jobs have been added since my inauguration."
But as CNN Money’s Chris Isidore points out, the president can’t personally take credit for adding more mining jobs. Trump initially boasted about the opening of coal mines in his June 1 statement about withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord: “We’re having a big opening in two weeks," the president said. "Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, so many places. A big opening of a brand-new mine. It’s unheard of,” Trump said, most likely referring to the Acosta Coal Mine in western Pennsylvania.
A partner with the economic research company Rhodium Group, Trevor Houser, argues that the Acosta mine opening isn’t related to any federal policies implemented by Trump, but rather to rising prices from foreign suppliers. Supply cuts in Chinese and Australian mines have boosted coal prices, “making US production economical,” said Houser.
Not only that, this new mine only created 70 jobs, out of 400 applicants.The Department of Labor did report 32,600 added jobs in the mining industry this year, but that only includes 1,000 coal mining jobs.
Overall, the mining industry isn’t exactly booming for American workers, according to the Center for Economic Policy’s Blue Collar Jobs Tracker. Many states hover at less than 3% growth to no growth at all. For more information on the Blue Collar Jobs Tracker, click here.
Of course, as Isidore points out, Trump’s job (mis)statements are not tied exclusively to the coal industry. Since his election, he has taken credit for saving 1,100 jobs at a Carrier furnace plant when the figure was closer to 800. He also advertised that he is bringing automaker jobs back to the United States even as Ford is moving its small car production to Mexico.
And about that June claim that “more than 1 million private sector jobs” have been created since he took office? He’s probably including the month of January, when he was barely in office. This June’s ADP report places the February through May figure at closer to 600,000, a far cry from Trump’s 1 million estimate.
Trump can manipulate the numbers all he likes, but we’re watching him.
Read the full CNN Money article here.