Trump: Harrisburg area like 'war zone' due to plant closings

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 2, 2016 7:17 PM

(Harrisburg, PA) -- A day after campaigning in Pennsylvania, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is saying the Harrisburg area reminds him of a war zone because of the disappearance of major factories.

The decline of factory jobs and the toll Trump says America's trade agreements have taken on the U.S. have been a prominent theme of his campaign.

But the Harrisburg region actually represents something of a bright spot in what in many ways remains a rust belt state.

The area has comparatively low unemployment and for years now has experienced a modest but steady influx of new residents.

The latest unemployment numbers from the state are from May and show the Harrisburg-Carlisle region with a 4.6 percent jobless figure.

The commonwealth's unemployment rate is 5.6 percent and the rate is 4.9 percent nationally.

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