The US economy continues to roar under President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress, with new data showing manufacturing employment reaching its highest levels since the “great recession.”
According to statistics released by the Labor Department Friday, the manufacturing sector reached 380,000 employees; the highest numbers seen since the start of the economic downturn in 2007.
In total, the industry has added more than 200,000 during Trump’s first year in office as a healthy dollar and revised international trade deals begin to take effect.
The strong data comes as unemployment benefits reach a 44-year low, with the federal government distributing the least amount of payments since the 1970s.
The economic boom sends the GOP into the 2018 midterms with strong poll numbers and record-breaking fundraising figures as the Republican Party largely erased recent Democratic gains heading into the election.