Is Trump Right About Michigan's Economy?

Date: August 29, 2016 Last Edit: September 01, 2016

Trump: “Michigan manufacturing sector is a disaster.”

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sparked a war of words with Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder over the state of Michigan’s manufacturing sector.

Speaking in Lansing about American trade policy, Trump said “the Michigan manufacturing sector is a disaster.”

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder rebutted Trump’s comments soon after.

“No, factually that’s not accurate,” Snyder replied. “Michigan’s No. 1 in the creation of manufacturing jobs over the last few years, and we’ve got a thriving manufacturing sector, and I’m proud of it.”

According to a Detroit News analysis: “Michigan added about 42,400 vehicle and parts manufacturing jobs between 1993 and 2000. It then lost 208,600 jobs by 2009 and has since added back 63,000. The state had about 263,000 auto jobs in 1993, compared with 159,800 last month, federal statistics show.”

Snyder, for his part, noted the state’s economic comeback.

“Hopefully he has a chance to see Michigan’s comeback in Detroit — and the rest of Michigan,” Snyder said over the weekend, referring to Trump’s planned visit on Saturday. “We’ve made a huge economic comeback after the Lost Decade.”

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