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Tim Mullaney: Manufacturing weakness undercuts Trump’s case

Hiring for manufacturing jobs has weakened this year.

Of all the things President Donald Trump said that only he could fix, near the top of the list was manufacturing employment — the guts of the case for the anxious, white, working-class vote whose older members put him in the White House.

If he wants to stay there, he’d best get moving on making manufacturing great again — and stop getting in the way with his counterproductive trade policies.

The June jobs report isn’t bad, except for manufacturing: The economy added 224,000 jobs, with the unemployment rate ticking up to 3.7% and wages coming in 3.1% higher than this time last year, or about a percentage point higher than inflation.

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