U.S. Manufacturing Workers Get a Pay Cut Under Trump (even before COVID-19)
Trump coined the phrase, “blue-collar boom” in his 2020 State of the Union address. Unfortunately for manufacturing workers, that boom is a bust. Real wages are down over 4% since Trump took office.
“That’s not what I heard!”
The President loves to brag about wages going up but unfortunately, those are “nominal” wages (meaning raw numbers) not “real” wages which account for inflation. A nominal wage increase is only a real increase if all of your other expenses stay the same. That of course doesn’t happen because of inflation.
“The data on manufacturing workers show inflation-adjusted wages and fringe benefits have declined sharply since late 2017. Even unadjusted nominal wages have begun to stagnate.”
Remember when Donald Trump said this? “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created … our poorer citizens will get new jobs and higher pay and new hope for their life.” Donald Trump, October 5, 2016
Another promise broken.