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Carrier Cuts 215 Jobs That Weren't Saved in Deal With Trump

Carrier Cuts 215 Jobs That Weren't Saved in Deal With Trump
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By    |   Wednesday, 10 January 2018 03:26 PM

Carrier, the maker of air conditioners that President Donald Trump touted for not moving jobs to Mexico, said 215 employees will lose their jobs this week.

The employees will be fired in the final round of cuts at the company’s Indianapolis factory.

The jobs aren't ones that Carrier planned to save as part of a deal with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, according to a reporter from the IndyStar.

"Following the transition, Carrier's Indianapolis operations will employ approximately 1,100 people," the statement said. The cuts were of the company's plan to move "fan coil manufacturing production lines" to Mexico.

President Trump in November 2016 said he reached an agreement with the company to preserve about 1,000 jobs at the Indianapolis plant. That deal came after Carrier said it would close its facility in Indianapolis and move operations to Mexico, eliminating 1,400 jobs.

The company last year said it continues to "actively engage with our workers and the community to provide impacted employees with resources to make a smooth transition, including education, training and an opportunity for employment across UTC’s manufacturing operations."

The date of the final rounds of cuts was initially planned for December, but was delayed until this month. Last July the company fired 300 workers at the factory.

“This week, approximately 300 employees will leave Carrier as part of the previously announced plan to relocate fan coil manufacturing production lines,” Carrier said in a statement in July.

Meanwhile, American optimism about finding a “quality job” reached a 17-year high in 2017 as unemployment fell to the lowest since the turn of the millennium, researcher Gallup said in a report.

More than half of people surveyed, 56 percent, said it was a good time to find a quality job last year, compared with only 42 percent in 2016. The U.S. unemployment rate fell from an average 4.9 percnt in 2016 to 4.4 percent in 2017, the lowest rate since 2000.

Republican optimism helped to fuel the overall rise. The monthly reading for Republicans saying it was a good time to find a quality job rose 20 percentage points to 64 percent after Donald Trump was inaugurated and ultimately ended 2017 at 78 percent.

“When the unemployment rate is low, public perceptions that it is a good time to find a quality job rise,” Gallup said in a statement. “Conversely, when the unemployment rate is high, views of the job market get worse.”

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Carrier, the maker of air conditioners that President Donald Trump touted for not moving jobs to Mexico, said 215 employees will lose their jobs this week.
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