The Companies Offshoring Jobs at a Record Pace Under Trump

donald trump wearing a USA hat and a windbreaker against an american flag

Trump has not saved many U.S. jobs from outsourcing since taking office, the record shows. | Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

You may remember these words from Donald Trump when he was running for president:

“A Trump administration will stop the jobs from leaving America, and we will stop the jobs from leaving Minnesota.”

President Trump said that during an event in Minneapolis in November 2016, just days before the election. However, since that date, U.S. companies have sent over 90,000 jobs overseas. That figure topped the numbers from 2012, 2014, and 2015, when Barack Obama was president.

While that’s bad news for American workers, it gets worse. Many of the companies responsible for offshoring jobs received fat government contracts during the Trump administration. In fact, according to employment data charted by Good Jobs Nation and Public Citizen, federal contractors alone outsourced 10,269 jobs while taking over $19 billion in government money.

Never before in U.S. history have federal contractors sent so many jobs overseas. Here are the contractors that are offshoring the most jobs under Donald Trump, including the parent company of Carrier.

9. Hewlett Packard

Trump administration contracts: $1.04 billion
Outsourced jobs since 2016 election: 125

Hewlett Packard is a multinational computer company, with headquarters in Palo Alto, California. It struggled to keep pace with the ever-changing tech world over the past decade and continues to cut expenses when possible. In September 2017, Bloomberg reported Hewlett Packard plans to cut 5,000 jobs, or about 10% of its job force. It’s also No. 9 in terms of federal contractors offshoring jobs.

8. Honeywell

American Airlines airplane taking off at Dallas - Ft Worth (DFW) Airport in Texas.

Shipping jobs overseas? | Aneese/iStock/Getty Images

Trump administration contracts: $1.65 billion
Outsourced jobs since 2016 election: 202

If you look at the mission statement of New Jersey-based Honeywell, you will read about the company’s “global focus to achieve double-digit earnings growth.” Part of that process involves sending work overseas in order to keep the returns coming for investors.The math worked out pretty well in 2017. For the $1.65 billion in federal contracts, Honeywell offshored 202 jobs.

7. Merck

RAHWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 29: A man walks by a sign at a Merck plant November 29, 2005 in Rahway, New Jersey. U.S. pharmaceutical giant Merck, announced plans to cut some 7,000 jobs, or 11 percent of its global workforce, by the end of 2008.

More jobs left New Jersey-based Merck despite the $1.6 billion in federal contracts from the Trump administration. | Marko Georgiev/Getty Images

Trump administration contracts: $1.62 billion
Outsourced jobs since 2016 election:

Things are about the same, only worse, for the workers at the second U.S. company with New Jersey headquarters on this list. Merck won $1.62 billion in federal contacts since Trump took office. Unfortunately, there were no guarantees about keeping that money — or the U.S. jobs it would theoretically create — in the country. According to jobs data, at least 254 Merck jobs left America since Trump’s election.

6. IBM

IBM Headquarters

A sign outside IBM corporate headquarters in Armonk, New York | Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Trump administration contracts: $1.55 billion
Outsourced jobs since 2016 election: 527

While the Trump administration may not be able to reverse global trends, the people in his cabinet and Congressional majority certainly can control who gets federal contracts. Sadly, that power of the purse has not been used by Trump and his team. In the case of New York-based IBM, 527 jobs already left America since Trump won the election. Meanwhile, the fabulously wealthy corporation racked up $1.55 billion in federal contracts.

5. General Electric

Mary Barra of GM sits with Jeff Immelt of GE in June 2017.

General Motors CEO Marya Barra with General Electric CEo Jeffrey Immelt at a an event for Trump administration job efforts in June 2017. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Trump administration contracts: $1.2 billion
Outsourced jobs since 2016 election: 921

After leaving Trump’s Economic Advisory Council in August, General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt made a strong statement. “The Committee I joined had the intention to foster policies that promote American manufacturing and growth,” he said. With $1.2 billion from the Trump administration, we’re guessing the company had the cash to make it happen, too.

Instead, GE outsourced 921 jobs while Immelt blew $250,000 on personal air travel. We’re not sure you can put workers any further down on the priority list while benefiting more from taxpayer-funded contracts. But hey, the administration and the companies it deals with have several years to go.

4. Pfizer

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Ian Read (R), CEO of Pfizer, during the announcement of a a newly designed, Made in America pharmaceutical glass bottle jointly developed by Merck, Pfizer and Corning during a Made in America Week event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 20, 2017

Donald Trump shakes hands with Pfizer CEO Ian Read (R) during a Made in America Week event in July 2017. | Saul Loeb//AFP/Getty Images

Trump administration contracts: $1.07 billion
Outsourced jobs since 2016 election: 1,200

You may recall the eventful “Made in America Week” at the White House over the summer. During that week in July, America’s CEOs touted their companies’ achievements in getting things done in the U.S.A. One business leader on hand was Pfizer CEO Ian Read, whose firm received $1.07 billion in federal contracts under Trump. Despite that windfall, the company offshored 1,200 jobs and faced no consequences

3. United Technologies

View of President-elect Donald Trump speaking at the Carrier plant in Indiana in November 2016.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks to workers at Carrier air conditioning and heating. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Trump administration contracts: $1.07 billion
Outsourced jobs since 2016 election: 1,414

In December 2016, Trump went to a Carrier plan in Indiana to boast of the 1,100 jobs he was saving in exchange for a $7 million tax credit to the company. A year later, several hundred workers in that plant had lost their jobs. Worse, United Technologies — the company that owns Carrier — basically laughed in the administration’s face by sending another 700 jobs to Mexico in 2017. All told, United Technologies offshored 1,414 jobs while raking in $1.07 billion in federal contracts. If that’s “the art of the deal,” America’s workers are worse off than we imagined.

2. Boeing

Paul Ryan sits with the Boeing CEO at the company plant in Washington

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) (L) speaks during a town hall with Boeing Company CEO Dennis Muilenburg and employees at the company’s plant on August 24, 2017. Ryan toured the factory and promoted tax reform. | Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Trump administration contracts: $9.46 billion
Outsourced jobs since 2016 election: 2,681

In terms of federal contracts under Trump, Boeing made about half what the rest of the top 100 did combined: $9.46 billion in less than a year. Maybe that’s why House Speaker Paul Ryan took time out of his schedule to visit the Boeing plant in Washington. Ryan was pushing the tax reform plan that would supposedly open up the floodgates for hiring. Apparently, Boeing really need such a tax break because it offshored 2,681 jobs since Trump’s election victory.

1. General Motors

President Donald Trump meets with CEO of General Motors Mary Barra (L), CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Sergio Marchionne (3rd R) and Fiat Chrysler Head of External Affairs Shane Karr (2nd R) in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on January 24, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Auto executives smiled and nodded at a meeting with Trump but won’t be adding U.S. plants any time soon. | Shawn Thew/Getty Images

Trump administration contracts: $323 million
Outsourced jobs since 2016 election: 2,781

Trump carried Michigan in the 2016 election, largely on the hopes of a manufacturing revival there. The CEOs of the Detroit automakers went to the White House in January to discuss the many promises Trump made to the industry and they, in turn, made to their employees. Well, those three automakers eliminated over 9,000 jobs since Trump’s victory in November 2017.

GM offshored the most jobs of any top federal contractor in America. Considering the company landed $323 million in government money from Trump, we imagine someone needs to check the receipts.

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