Changing Workforce

Perspective: The Carrier deal is great, but Trump hasn't saved manufacturing yet

By Issie Lapowsky for Wired

Dec 01, 2016

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President-elect Donald Trump has already kept one campaign promise, announcing Tuesday evening that he had struck a much-hyped deal to keep Carrier, which makes air conditioning and refrigeration products, from moving 1,000 manufacturing jobs from Indiana to Mexico.

The news, which Trump revealed on Twitter, is a great success for the workers who will now get to keep their jobs, and for the surrounding community. Importantly, it’s also a victory for Trump’s marketing machine. What it’s not, though, is any indication that Trump has a sustainable and replicable plan to bring back American manufacturing jobs. The Carrier plant is a welcome change of pace, but it’s also an outlier that offers little promise for the broader economic outlook.

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