After a six-year run-up for the Indianapolis-based oil refiner that saw its revenue nearly double, the company has eliminated about 25 jobs, 2 percent of its workforce, in recent months.
The only memories of thousands of long-gone manufacturing jobs are the giant, vacant factories left behind when companies bolt—after consolidation, restructuring or in search of cheaper labor.
Trump, a frequent critic of trade deals, twice referred to Carrier as he discussed trade and jobs at a Republican presidential debate Saturday night in South Carolina.
Of the 154 stores being closed in the U.S., 102 will be in its Walmart Express category, which has been in a pilot program since 2011. About 10,000 U.S. employees will be affected.
The U.S. job market continues to appear strikingly robust. Over the past 12 months, the number of people collecting unemployment benefits has dropped 7.7 percent to 2.2 million.
The trend indicates that employers are confident enough in future consumer demand to retain their staffs. The number of people receiving benefits fell 50,000 to 2.22 million.
Expected to take effect in May, the Indianapolis layoffs are part of a company-wide strategy to wind down student loan services.
Company spokeswoman Courtney Boone said the Pittsburgh-based steelmaker plans to talk with affected workers and the United Steelworkers union about whether they will be transferred or laid off.
The company said it would idle its Indiana Harbor Long Carbon facility March 1 and shut down its rolling mill in the next three months. Both facilities are in East Chicago.
A division of CVS Pharmacy Inc. said it would consolidate work done at the facility to locations in Littleton, Colorado, and Jackson, Tennessee.
More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applications continues to be at historically low levels that suggest solid economic growth will continue.
The number of people seeking jobless benefits has been at historically low levels for 14 of the past 15 weeks. That indicates companies are retaining workers and expecting economic growth to continue.
Indianapolis-based employees have been offered voluntary severance packages as the global engine maker follows through on plans to eliminate about 2,600 positions company-wide.
The global firm is planning 2,600 job cuts over 18 months, primarily in its aerospace division. Its Indianapolis operations, which employ about 4,500 people, are devoted mostly to civil and defense aerospace work.