Tough reality check for Trump's pledge of better heartland jobs, wages

A supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is pictured during a campaign event in ConcordBy Howard Schneider CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Donald Trump’s promise to revive small town America faces a tough challenge in an economy that for decades has been wired to direct income and opportunities towards urban hubs and the better educated. Little in the president-elect’s so far sketchy economic plans indicates the trend can be reversed any time soon, according to interviews with experts on income inequality and as recent occupational trends. The manufacturing jobs Trump pledges to bring back have disappeared as much because of automation as the trade deals he has promised to rewrite, and that process will only continue.

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