More job growth in Democratic counties than Republican ones: report

More job growth in Democratic counties than Republican ones: report
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More jobs are being created in Democratic counties than GOP strongholds that voted for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE in 2016,  according to an Associated Press analysis, contradicting the president's assertions that jobs are "flooding back" into economically vulnerable areas that voted him into office. 

The news service found that 58.5 percent of the significant job gains touted by Trump were concentrated in areas that backed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea MORE in 2016. 

The AP also found that 35.4 percent of Trump counties have lost jobs in the past year, compared to 19.2 percent of Clinton counties. 

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The most significant job gains have occurred in the counties that include liberal cities Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Seattle, according to the AP. 

Trump at campaign-style rallies often focuses on the booming U.S. economy, saying the 2.6 million jobs the country is projected to add this year will go to America's "forgotten people" — those in mostly blue-collar towns facing financial hardship. 

The AP found, however, that job growth under Trump is concentrated in the same places as it was during former President Obama's tenure. 

Many economists have cast doubt on Trump's tendency to take responsibility for the U.S. economy, which began steadily improving under the Obama administration.

Trump's escalating trade war with China, for example, has hit American farmers, a group that Trump often says he is focused on helping. The Trump administration last month offered $12 billion in aid to farmers who are hurt by retaliatory tariffs from China, but pollsters have found most farmers would prefer Trump roll back his trade policies instead. 

Other analysts have said the billions of dollars in tariffs that Trump has slapped on other countries in recent months could harm U.S. manufacturers and workers. Some companies, for example, have already announced plans to move overseas in anticipation of financial losses.