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Ohio Hits Sobering Milestone: 10,000 Layoffs Under Trump

Nov 03, 2017

Still No Job or Infrastructure Plan from GOP Congress or Trump Administration

Ohio’s economy reached a sobering milestone this week: Since President Donald Trump took office, more than 10,000 Ohio workers have been notified that their plant is closing or that they have been laid off.

Nationwide, more than 222,500 workers have received notice of plant closing and layoffs since President Trump took office.

“It’s simply unacceptable that while thousands of Ohioans receive notice that they will lose their livelihoods, the Trump administration and the Republican Congress have yet to put forth a jobs plan that would invest in our workers and put more Ohioans back to work,” said For Ohio’s Future Action Fund spokesman Daniel van Hoogstraten. “Instead of offering Ohioans a plan to invest in jobs, education, and infrastructure, President Trump and Republicans in Congress are instead focused on handing out massive tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.”

Earlier this month, Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate passed budget resolutions that propose trillions of dollars in cuts — including to programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and public education — to help pave the way for massive tax breaks that mostly benefit the wealthiest one percent. Just this week, Republicans in the U.S. House unveiled their tax legislation, the framework of which includes massive tax handouts for millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations.

Ohio has fallen behind other states in job creation and growth, and Ohio’s unemployment rate is currently 5.3%. The national unemployment rate is currently 4.1%.

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