Massive Pennsylvania factory layoff foreshadows Trump 2020 troubles

A manufacturing recession may already be under way in vulnerable swing states, challenging President Donald Trump’s campaign promise to deliver blue collar jobs to his base.

Out of the 21 states with manufacturing job losses so far this year, some of those experiencing the greatest percentage declines are states where Trump won by less than 5 percentage points. In Pennsylvania, the manufacturing sector lost 8,100 jobs. In North Carolina, it was 7,700 from that sector; and Wisconsin lost 6,500 jobs.

Manufacturing jobs in states Trump won by less than 5 percent

Change in jobs from January to September 2019.

State Job losses or gains Trump’s 2016 margin of victory
Arizona +6,500 jobs 3.5%
Florida +5,000 1.2%
Michigan -4,700 0.2%
North Carolina -7,700 3.6%
Pennsylvania -8,100 0.7%
Wisconsin -6,500 0.7%

The closure of Wood-Mode, a 77-year-old family-owned factory among the farmland of rural Kreamer, Pennsylvania, was responsible for over 900 of the manufacturing jobs lost in that state this year, one of the most by a single company.

Wood-Mode was known for making the “Cadillac” of custom cabinets. Full kitchen sets could sell for over $100,000. Even dealers who were burned by the shutdown spoke glowingly of the unparalleled craftmanship and finish.



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