U.S. Added 29,000 Manufacturing Jobs in August; Still Down 720,000 Since Start of Pandemic

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 4, 2020 | 9:37am EDT
Ford's Assembly Plant in Chicago, June 24, 2019. (Photo by Jim Young/AFP via Getty Images)
Ford's Assembly Plant in Chicago, June 24, 2019. (Photo by Jim Young/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - The United States added 29,000 manufacturing jobs in August with the number of people employed in the manufacturing sector rising from 12,103,000 in July to 12,132,000 last month, according to the numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today.

Despite the 29,000 manufacturing jobs added in August, the total of 12,132,000 employed in manufacturing was still 720,000 less than the 12,852,000 who were employed in manufacturing in February.

“In August, manufacturing employment rose by 29,000, with gains concentrated in the nondurable goods component (+27,000,)” said the BLS August jobs report. “Despite gains in recent months, employment in manufacturing is 720,000 below February's level.”

Manufacturing employment hit its historic high in the United States in June 1979, when there were 19,553,000 manufacturing jobs in this country. After that, manufacturing employment dropped to a low point of 11,453,000 in February and March of 2010.

Since that 2020 nadir, American manufacturing employment has increased by 679,000 to its current level of 12,132,000.

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