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Trump Says He ‘Found The Magic Wand’ After Best Job Growth For US Manufacturing Since 1997

President Trump seems to be delivering on his promise to get the U.S. manufacturing industry back on track, saying he has “found the magic wand” for creating the best job growth for manufacturing in 21 years in a Monday tweet.

The manufacturing industry saw an increase of 284,000 new jobs in 2018 — the biggest annual job gain since 1997. There was an increase of 207,000 manufacturing jobs in 2017.

President Donald Trump examines a fire truck from Wisconsin-based manufacturer Pierce as Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a "Made in America" product showcase event on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier Douliery (Photo credit should read OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump examines a fire truck from Wisconsin-based manufacturer Pierce as Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a “Made in America” product showcase event on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 17, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Olivier Douliery (Photo credit should read OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images)

“Manufacturers are bringing people back into the workforce, and we need this trend to continue,” said Dr. Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), in an interview with CNBC.

“There’s, of course, more work to do to guarantee this growth continues. A growing gap between the number of manufacturing job openings and the number of skilled workers to fill them could derail much of the success we’ve seen the past few years,” Moutray continued. “It’s clear, however, that the U.S. manufacturing industry is running full-steam ahead, and smart policy decisions are putting the industry on the right track.”

The manufacturing industry job growth contradicts Barack Obama’s 2016 statement when he said manufacturing jobs “are just not going to come back.” According to Forbes, the Trump administration has seen an increase in 10 times as many manufacturing jobs than the Obama administration as of October 2018, and that number continues to increase.

Most of the manufacturing jobs created in the last two years include durable goods manufacturing, including fabricated metals, computer products and electronic products, according to the Labor Department.

More than 5 million jobs have been created since Trump took office and the unemployment rate remains below 4 percent.