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UPDATE: White House responds to KBJR 6 fact check on mining job growth remarks

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DULUTH, MN -

The White House responded Friday to KBJR 6's fact check on a comment the Vice President made about mining job growth during his visit to Duluth this week.

Following his tour of Industrial Weldors and Machinists in West Duluth Mike Pence touted the growing mining industry and newly added jobs in our region.

"Since President Trump and I took office we couldn't be more proud of the fact that mining and mining-related industries have added 2,000 jobs in just the Duluth area alone. Mining is back in Minnesota and in America," Pence said on Wednesday.

KBJR 6 reported Thursday that Pence's claim does not match data obtained from the Office of Employment and Economic Development the state's principle economic development agency.

According to the most current numbers available, DEED reported an increase of just over 200 new mining and mining support jobs across the Arrowhead region.

On Friday, the White House said Pence cited data obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics during his remarks.

The statistic available from BLS includes not only mining, but also the logging and construction industries. 

Combined, those industries, in Duluth, saw an increase of 1,800 jobs between January 2017 and June 2018.



There are questions about a statement made Wednesday by Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Duluth.

After a tour of Industrial Weldors and Machinists in West Duluth, Pence touted the growing mining industry and newly added jobs in our region.

"Since President Trump and I took office we couldn't be more proud of the fact that mining and mining-related industries have added 2,000 jobs in just the Duluth area alone. Mining is back in Minnesota and in America," Pence said, drawing a large applause from the crowd.

Pence's claim does not match data obtained from the Office of Employment and Economic Development, the state's principle economic development agency.

According to the most current numbers available, DEED reports an increase of just over 200 new mining and mining related jobs in the Arrowhead region.

Source: MN Dept. of Employment & Economic Development

1st Quarter 2017 Mining Jobs 3,882
1st Quarter 2018 Mining Jobs 4,064 (+182)
1st Quarter 2017 Mining Support Jobs 69
1st Quarter 2018 Mining Support Jobs 99 (+30)


KBJR 6 has reached out to the White House for further clarification on the '2,000' figure.

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