Donald Trump has been busy bragging to his supporters about how he has brought back coal, often mixing in his talk of a coal renaissance with his bragging about overall job growth, suggesting that a big part of job growth has been due to thousands upon thousands of newly employed coal miners who are streaming onto the job:
“Our economy is booming like never before. Remember, I told you. And by the way, your state is booming like never before. Poverty is plummeting, our stock market is soaring, reached its all-time high, by the way, in history, which I view as: jobs, jobs, jobs. All-time high. And our great coal miners are back to work. They’re back to work. A lot of people said that wasn’t going to happen, you’re back to work. Not only back to work, they’re opening up mines all over the place, we’re opening up steel mills. And the steel mills need metallurgic coal, and those coal miners are working and the steel workers are working, and our whole country is working.”
“But more Americans are working today than have ever worked before in our country. A great stat. That’s a big stat. Our coal miners are back to work.”
“Jobs are pouring back into the United States. We are putting your great Indiana coal miners and steelworkers back to work.”
The way Donald Trump tells it, one of the main drivers of job growth in America right now is the coal mining industry. As usual, though, Donald Trump’s reality is not actual reality.
All numbers are from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, link: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Since Donald Trump took office in January 2017, there have been 3.8 million new jobs created. Before we get into how many of those jobs are coal mining jobs, let’s first compare this job growth that has taken place in these first 20 months under Trump with the last 20 months under President Obama. In the last 20 months of Obama’s presidency, from May of 2015 to January of 2017, there were 4.2 million new jobs created.
So, almost a half million less new jobs have been created during Trump’s first 20 months in office than during Obama’s last 20 months in office. That is the first case of reality not equating with Trump’s ridiculous boasts.
Now, let’s look at coal mining jobs. Since January 2017, there have been just 1,900 new coal mining jobs created, out of 3.8 million new jobs. This is equal to 0.05% of all new jobs since Trump became President.
To put this more in perspective, we can compare new coal mining jobs with some industries Trump’s policies have had nothing to do with, like education; some industries Trump’s policies have been hurting, like tourism; and even some industries which Trump has been actively trying to slow job growth, like government jobs.
Since January 2017, while 1,900 new coal mining jobs have been created, 793,000 new education and health service jobs have been created.
Since January 2017, while 1,900 new coal mining jobs have been created, 53,000 new hotel industry jobs have been created.
Since January 2017, while 1,900 new coal mining jobs have been created, 33,000 new accounting jobs have been created.
And last, but not least:
Since January 2017, while 1,900 new coal mining jobs have been created, 93,000 new government jobs have been created.
When Trump brags about bringing back coal mining jobs, keep in mind that he is just blowing hot air.