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Robert Burgess

Jobs Data From Swing States Isn't Great for Trump

Factory employment in states that were key to Trump’s 2016 victory are declining, and that should worry the president.

Great jobs report? As usual, the real news is in the details.

Great jobs report? As usual, the real news is in the details.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

The U.S. government Friday said the economy added 128,000 jobs in October, well above the 85,000 estimated by Wall Street and enough to prompt President Donald Trump to take to Twitter and call it a “blowout” number. As usual, though, the real news is in the details.

Not only did last month’s number of jobs created exceed expectations, but September was revised higher to 180,000 from 136,000. The problem, at least for Trump, is that employment in the manufacturing sector isn’t only weak overall, but actually declining in the four states that were key to his election victory in 2016: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida.