Trump campaigned on being “the greatest jobs’ President that God ever created.”
Democrats and members of the media meanwhile exclaimed his economic nationalism would lead to utter ruin.
But the early numbers are in, and they reveal a surprising truth.
Trump’s first jobs report of his presidency has beaten expectations.
The February report showed a gain of 238,000 jobs.
And pundits were shocked.
They expected Trump to fall flat on his face and that the economy would tank as soon as he took office.
These so-called “experts” contended that Trump’s opposition to open borders and globalist trade deals would cause companies to think twice about investing in the United States.
But the early returns painted a different picture.
“The jobs market is sizzling.
Domestic employers added a jaw-dropping 235,000 new jobs last month, while the unemployment rate ticked down to 4.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
Both construction and manufacturing saw strong jobs gains.
Economists expected nonfarm payrolls to grow by 190,000, compared with 227,000 in January. Unofficially, however, expectations have been rising this week following a blowout jobs figure from ADP on Wednesday.”
Trump also committed to bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.
His opposition to trade deals such as NAFTA and TPP was rooted in how they destroy America’s manufacturing base.
And in an early indication of just how much things have changed since Trump took over from Obama, manufacturing jobs have grown three times the rate of government jobs.
CNS News reports:
“The United States added 28,000 jobs in manufacturing in February and 8,000 in government, according to numbers released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
So far in 2017 (January and February), the U.S. has gained 39,000 manufacturing jobs and 25,000 government jobs.”
CNS News also reports that government jobs outnumber manufacturing jobs:
“Over the past year–from February 2016 to February 2017–the United States added 7,000 manufacturing jobs, with employment in manufacturing during that time span rising from 12,375,000 to 12,382,000.
From February 2016 to February 2017, the United States gained 194,000 government jobs, with employment in government during that time span rising from 22,130,000 to 22,324,000.”
Trump is working quickly to correct that situation.
In addition to pulling out of the TPP and stating his intention to renegotiate NAFTA, his first budget proposes historic cuts to the federal workforce.
The Washington Post reports:
“President Trump’s budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core if enacted, culling back numerous programs and expediting a historic contraction of the federal workforce.
This would be the first time the government has executed cuts of this magnitude — and all at once — since the drawdown following World War II, economists and budget analysts said.
The spending budget Trump is set to release Thursday will offer the clearest snapshot of his vision for the size and role of government. Aides say that the president sees a new Washington emerging from the budget process, one that prioritizes the military and homeland security while slashing many other areas, including housing, foreign assistance, environmental programs, public broadcasting and research. Simply put, government would be smaller and less involved in regulating life in America, with private companies and states playing a much bigger role…
… Preliminary budget documents have also shown that Trump advisers have also looked at cutting the Environmental Protection Agency’s staff by about 20 percent and tightening the Commerce Department’s budget by about 18 percent, which would impact climate change research and weather satellite programs, among other things.”
Trump’s first jobs report already proved promising.
And he is continuing to fulfill his key promises by taking swift action in supporting manufacturing jobs to return to the U.S. and reverse the negative trend between the number of government jobs compared to manufacturing jobs.