Reprinted from The New York Times by Alicia Parlapiano and K.K. Rebecca Lai on November 30, 2016.
President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will announce a deal with Carrier Corporation on Thursday to keep 1,000 jobs in Indiana from moving to Mexico.
The deal with the company, which reportedly included economic incentives from the state and promises by Trump and Pence to work for lower corporate taxes over all, is good news for the workers in Indiana, but the jobs that will stay represent only a small boost compared with the millions of manufacturing jobs lost since 2000.
Manufacturing jobs in the United States have declined significantly since the end of the 1990s, though output has increased with new technology. Since their lowest point in 2010 during the recession, jobs have rebounded slightly but have not recovered.
The 1,000 Carrier jobs represent just 0.2 percent of all Indiana manufacturing jobs, which have rebounded at a higher rate since 2010 than all U.S. manufacturing jobs. …