U.S. Lost 12,000 Manufacturing Jobs in December

By Terence P. Jeffrey | January 10, 2020 | 8:55am EST
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(CNSNews.com) - The number of people employed in the manufacturing sector of the U.S. economy declined by 12,000 in the last month of 2019, dropping from 12,867,000 in November to 12,855,000 in December, according to the data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

During 2019, manufacturing employment increased by 46,000 in the United States, which was down from the 264,000 increase in 2018 and the 190,000 increase in 2017.

“Manufacturing employment was little changed in December (-12,000),” said the BLS employment report released today. “Employment in the industry changed little in 2019 (+46,000), after increasing in 2018 (+264,000).”

Manufacturing jobs are now up 500,000 from where they were in December 2016, the month before President Donald Trump took office. In that month, 12,355,000 were employed in manufacturing in this country.

Manufacturing jobs in the United States peaked in June 1979, when they hit 19,553,000.


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