Low unemployment strains industries like manufacturing

Donald Trump campaigned as a jobs creator, with lofty promises of reviving American manufacturing and reclaiming jobs that had gone overseas. On a campaign stop in 2015, he proclaimed he would “be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.”

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an average of about 171,000 jobs were added per month in 2017. While that’s a drop from the average of 186,000 jobs added per month in 2016, the last year of Barack Obama’s presidency, average unemployment stood at 4.1 percent in December, and it’s much lower in pockets of the country.