President Donald Trump this week suggested people should consider leaving a blighted “upper New York” for jobs elsewhere — a comment that struck a nerve with lots of people who live in upstate New York.
The comments seem to contradict much of what’s happening in the Capital Region — a low 4.3 percent unemployment rate, and the development of Tech Valley, anchored by the $12 billion GlobalFoundries Fab 8 computer chip factory in Saratoga County.
Trump, however, seemed to imply the part of the state he referred to as “upper New York” had few prospects, a day before he went to Wisconsin on Wednesday to announce that Taiwan manufacturer and Apple supplier Foxconn would built a flat-screen manufacturing plant in southern Wisconsin, in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district.
It is typically years before such announcements turn into actual factory jobs, if they ever do.
Trump said upstate New Yorkers should pick up and move to states with better job prospects.
“You’re going to need people to work in these massive plants,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal in a story published Tuesday. “I’m going to start explaining to people, when you have an area that just isn’t working like upper New York state, where people are getting very badly hurt, and then you’ll have another area 500 miles away where you can’t get people, I’m going to explain, you can leave. It’s OK. Don’t worry about your house.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office was quick to take issue.
“We deal in facts — not fake news,” Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi said. “The facts are, unemployment has been cut nearly in half and private sector jobs are…
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