Joe Biden, who delivered a State of the Union (SOTU) address Tuesday evening, pointed out that many American jobs have been outsourced from the United States in recent decades.
Breitbart News covered the remarks and noted that Biden’s claims of dwindling American jobs are, in fact, true.
“For too many decades, we imported products and exported jobs,” Biden proclaimed in his third SOTU speech.
Biden’s claim has been corroborated. A report by the Economic Policy Institute found that from 2001 to 2018, approximately 3.4 million American jobs vanished as a result of the United States’ trade deficit with China.
The Economic Policy Institute notably mentioned that the Rust Belt suffered more economically as a result of U.S. trade with Mexico than any other part of the country.
Displacements in the region included:
14,500 American workers displaced in Wisconsin
43,600 American workers displaced in Michigan
2,600 American workers displaced in West Virginia
26,300 American workers displaced in Pennsylvania
34,900 American workers displaced in Ohio
34,300 American workers displaced in New York
6,500 American workers displaced in Iowa
24,400 American workers displaced in Indiana
34,700 American workers displaced in Illinois
Around 2.6 million jobs were in the crippled manufacturing industry, or about three-quarters of those losses.
A minimum of 50,000 American manufacturing plants were shut down during that same period.
These massive cuts in work for Americans came as then-Senator Biden advocated for China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization (WTO). Upon being asked in Sept. 2020 if he had any regrets for his strong support of China, Biden doubled down on his desire to see the foreign nation prosper, asserting that “we want China to grow.”
The White House Occupant also promoted the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), arguing in 1997 that it would bolster American workers in the automotive industry. Many of those Americans had their jobs outsourced to Mexico years later, according to Breitbart.
Biden defended his support for NAFTA in a 2007 interview, alleging it “probably created more American jobs than it lost.”
“There was dislocation,” Biden said at the time. “Some jobs got lost. Some jobs got created. But, again, NAFTA wasn’t the problem.”
Now, Biden is bragging that his administration was responsible for 800,000 new American jobs in manufacturing, touting it as “the fastest growth in 40 years.” He additionally claimed the U.S. unemployment rate is at a fifty-year low.
Biden: "The unemployment is at 3.4 percent, a fifty year low… we've already created with your help 800,000 manufacturing jobs, the fastest growth in 40 years. Where is it written that American can't lead the world in manufacturing?" pic.twitter.com/PrAf14IvYF
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