(Irma Aguirre) – While President Trump officially launched his re-election campaign at a massive rally in Florida, Nevada is the state that should prepare to be the difference-maker in 2020.
Nevada struggled with choosing the right candidate in 2016, resulting in a narrow vote margin of just 2 percent for Hillary Clinton, but the choice in the next election won’t be nearly as difficult.
For the past two-and-a-half years, Donald Trump has been creating a solid foundation for growth and development by cutting taxes, eliminating job-killing regulations, and implementing trade policies that truly empower the American worker. The results have been nothing short of spectacular, especially here in the Silver State.
When President Trump first took office, the unemployment rate in Nevada was 5.3 percent. Today, it’s at 4.0 percent — a 13-year low.
“Nevada’s employment growth rate has ranked first in the Nation since last October and has been double the rate of national job gains for seven consecutive months now,” according to David Schmidt, Chief Economist for the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation (DETR). “Strong employment growth continues to put downward pressure on the unemployment rate, resulting in the lowest such rate in 13 years, and one of the lowest rates the state has seen dating back to 1976.”
DETR also pointed out that Nevada has been creating jobs at such a torrid pace even as its labor force has been growing significantly faster than the national average, making the unemployment rate decrease even more impressive.
This economic boom isn’t limited to Nevada, of course. President Trump’s economic policies have had a profound effect all around the country, ushering in a historic new era of prosperity for millions of American workers and their families.
GDP growth, for instance, is finally back above 3 percent after nearly a decade of virtual stagnation, and the average Nevada taxpayer saved more than $1,300 on their income taxes last year thanks to the President’s tax cuts.
Also, the U.S unemployment rate has stabilized at 3.6 percent — lower than it has been since 1969 — and the unemployment rate for Hispanics is at an all-time low of 4.2 percent.
Before President Trump took office, Hispanic unemployment had only fallen below 5 percent one time, and that was only for a single month in 2006. Before the end of his first year, the rate had fallen a full percentage point, to 4.8 percent, and it has continued to decrease gradually ever since.
In fact, Hispanic Americans in particular are thriving in Donald Trump’s opportunity society. “One of the biggest beneficiaries of the Trump economy has been Hispanics, whose entrepreneurial talents have been harnessed in this climate of deregulation and tax cuts,” Job Creators Network President and CEO Alfredo Ortiz told CNS News in April. “While Democrats play class warfare and identity politics, President Trump’s policies are creating a booming economy that is lifting all boats.”
If they manage to defeat President Trump in the next election, the Democrats won’t hesitate to dismantle everything he’s done to help our economy prosper since he took office. They will continue to let the border crisis fester. They will continue to promote increasingly extreme, radical positions on issues that affect American workers and American communities.
In just a few months, Nevada could be the state that decides the future of our country for many years to come. In a close race, we could easily end up playing a pivotal role in the outcome of a presidential election that will determine whether our country is allowed to reach its full potential.
The choice is clear: we can bet on a proven winner, or we can gamble everything away on an out-of-touch, extremist Democrat Party standard-bearer.
By Irma Aguirre
Irma Aguirre is the owner of El Sombrero Mexican Bistro in Las Vegas, Nevada. She served on the Small Business Advisory Council for the Trump for President campaign and is currently The Latino Coalition’s national advocate for small-business and women’s issues.