Pennsylvania, Wisconsin lost the most factory jobs in the last year. Trump can't win without them
The states of Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are hurting right now.
The two crucial swing states just experienced the largest losses in manufacturing jobs between 2018 and 2019, according to the Labor Department.
Based on the data, the agency determined that nearly 13,000 manufacturing jobs were lost in total. That's a lot of families.
That's nearly the amount of votes Trump won Wisconsin by, a razor thin margin he cannot afford again with this kind of local economic activity.
Experts say that Trump needs four states for a path to victory in 2020. Those are Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida. Having two of those swing states in jeopardy like this is a bad situation.
For Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin - Trump won those states by 0.2, 0.7 and 0.8 percentage points, respectively — and by 10,704, 46,765 and 22,177 votes.
Trump has repeatedly vowed to bring back manufacturing jobs from China and other countries, and has increasingly blamed anybody and everybody except himself or his own policies.
His administration has not acknowledged this report from his own Labor Department yet. Neither has Trump. The president still boasts of an overall great economy despite this.
He quoted Laura Ingraham not even 24 hours ago, stating: “The U.S. Economy is the envy of the world, as Europe and Asia slide ever toward recession. But the Left is trying to avoid talking about the Trump Economy.”
Maybe he should mention that it's not just the left talking about this. His own supporters on the ground are. Many feel cheated.
Here's Susan Cropper of Gas City, Indiana who was fired after Trump promised to save her job:
"He was talking about bringing jobs back. There was a glimmer of hope. It didn’t work out that way." She added: For me this has been a slap in the face. Our jobs will not come back."
That's just one story. This is being heard on the ground repeatedly by people being laid off. Now nearly 13,000 more people will have stories to share. It's not going to help Trump get re-elected, we can promise you that.