Manufacturing Jobs +54,000 in November; Up 510,000 Under Trump

By Terence P. Jeffrey | December 6, 2019 | 8:54am EST
(Nicholas Kamm/AFP Via Getty Images)
(Nicholas Kamm/AFP Via Getty Images)

( - Manufacturing jobs increased by 54,000 in November, climbing from 12,811,000 to 12,865,000, according to the numbers released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The 12,865,000 now employed in the manufacturing sector is the highest number since November 2008, eleven years ago.

A good part—but not all—of November’s increase in manufacturing jobs resulted from the end of a strike in the automotive industry.

“Manufacturing employment rose by 54,000 in November, following a decline of 43,000 in the prior month,” said BLS. “Within manufacturing, employment in motor vehicles and parts was up by 41,000 in November, reflecting the return of workers who were on strike in October.”

Since Trump took office in 2017, the U.S. has added 510,000 manufacturing jobs. In December 2016, the last full month of the Obama administration, there were 12,355,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States. The increase of 510,000 has brought it to the current level of 12,865,000.

Manufacturing jobs in the United States peaked in June 1979, when they hit 19,553,000. Even at the current 11-year high of 12,865,000, there are still 6,688,000 fewer manufacturing jobs in the United States than there were at the 1979 peak.


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