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Manufacturers optimistic ahead of Trump's first State of the Union

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One of President Donald Trump’s campaign promises was to revive U.S. manufacturing, and in the run-up to his first State of the Union address the industry is optimistic.

“I think [2017] was generally a positive year for manufacturing, [and] I think 2018 could be even better,” Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, told FOX Business.

Under Trump, manufacturing jobs jumped by 196,000 in 2017 from the prior year, when the sector saw a loss of 16,000 jobs. The increase in 2017 is biggest since 2014.

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