One Year After GM Began Laying Off Thousands Of Workers, Donald Trump Plans To Lie About “Blue-Collar Boom”

In 2019, Ohio Lost Thousands of Blue-Collar Jobs in Manufacturing and Construction

COLUMBUS — Donald Trump plans to tout a “blue-collar boom” during tonight’s State of the Union address — but Ohio lost thousands of blue-collar jobs last year, and today is the one-year anniversary of General Motors beginning involuntary layoffs of thousands of workers, leading to the shuttering of their Lordstown factory.

“Donald Trump thinks that closing GM Lordstown ‘doesn’t really matter,’ and he has certainly acted that way, as he’s been to Ohio six times in the past year and has never once come to Lordstown to look the workers and community members in the eye,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “There is no ‘blue-collar boom’ happening in Ohio. It’s the exact opposite. We’ve lost thousands of blue-collar jobs over the past year, and Trump’s trade war by tweet has harmed Ohio manufacturers, farmers, small businesses and consumers. The Federal Reserve found that Trump’s failed trade policies backfired on manufacturing. On top of all that, Trump’s tax scam actually encourages corporations to outsource jobs.

“Don’t be fooled by Donald Trump’s State of the Union lies about the economy. Many parts of Ohio that are heavily dependent on manufacturing are struggling with job losses. Trump keeps breaking his promises, and Ohio workers are paying the price.”

Last year was the worst year for Ohio’s job growth since 2009, and the Buckeye State lost 1,700 manufacturing jobs and 9,000 construction jobs between December 2018 and December 2019, according to data released last month by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Sen. Sherrod Brown has invited Dave Green — the former president of GM Lordstown’s UAW local — to join him at tonight’s State of the Union. Congressman Tim Ryan hosted Green at last year’s State of the Union.