LIMA — Ohio Treasurer Robert Sprague made an appearance in Lima on Wednesday to stump for President Donald Trump during one of the many planned “MAGA meetups” being coordinated across the state to rally voters and volunteers.
“I’m so glad to be here in Oklahoma with the great people of Lorrain,” Sprague said jokingly. “Look, you might as well get used to that sort of introduction if Joe Biden becomes president. Evidently, that’s what happens to you when you spend the last four months trying to lead America from your basement.”
Sprague also spent a large portion of his time at the podium speaking on Trump’s economic accomplishments, especially in the manufacturing field.
“He put American workers first, bringing back good middle class jobs to America. Donald Trump has led us to a better America. Let’s keep America great.”
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mass contraction in the number of manufacturing jobs began in 2001, when more than 5.5 million jobs were lost in manufacturing over a decade. China played a role in that contraction due to its huge cheap workforce and unfair market advantages. The proliferation of mass automation techniques in the United States also exacerbated the problem.
Manufacturing’s low-point hit in 2010 as the economy reeled from the Great Recession, when just under 11.5 million jobs were available in the industry. By the end of the Obama administration, that number had climbed to 12.3 million jobs.
Today, as the nation’s economy deals with another recession, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 12.1 million jobs in manufacturing are currently available. That number had peaked to 12.8 million jobs in Dec. of 2019 just as the manufacturing industry began to contract in 2020.
“He’s bringing back tool manufacturing, machine tooling and steel to the United States of America. And if they don’t make it in America, they’re going to pay big, big tariffs. Donald Trump will make America the unrivaled manufacturing superpower of the world. That’s leading us to a better America. That’s leading us to a better Ohio,” Sprague said.
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