The U.S. is on target to add 2.6 million jobs this year, but despite such jobs growth, counties that overwhelmingly supported President Donald Trump are marking job losses rather than gains, according to The Associated Press.
Despite an otherwise robust national economy, the analysis shows that a striking number of Trump counties are losing jobs. The AP found that 35.4 percent of Trump counties have shed jobs in the past year, compared with just 19.2 percent of Clinton counties.
The jobs data shows an economy that is as fractured as the political landscape ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. As more money pools in such corporate hubs as Houston, San Francisco or Seattle, prosperity spills over less and less to smaller towns and cities in America's interior. That would seem to undercut what Trump sees as a central accomplishment of his administration — job creation for middle class and blue-collar workers in towns far removed from bustling urban centers.
Meanwhile, counties that supported Clinton have raked in a total of 58.5 percent of jobs gains.