U.S. Lost 561,000 Manufacturing Jobs in Past Year

By Terence P. Jeffrey | March 5, 2021 | 9:09am EST
Ford's Assembly Plan in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by JIM YOUNG/AFP via Getty Images)
Ford's Assembly Plan in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by JIM YOUNG/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - Despite adding 21,000 manufacturing jobs in the month of February, the United States has lost 561,000 in the past year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Manufacturing employment increased by 21,000 over the month, led by a gain in transportation equipment (+10,000),” said the BLS jobs report for February. “Employment in manufacturing is down by 561,000 over the year.”

From January to February, manufacturing jobs in the United States increased from 12,217,000 to 12,238,000—a one-month increase of 21,000.Manufacturing employment peaked in the United States in June 1979, when it hit 19,553,000. Since then, the number of people employed in the manufacturing sector in this country has declined by 7,315,000 to 12,238,000. That is a 37 percent drop.

But in February 2020, there were 12,799,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States—561,000 more than there were this February.

In January 2017, the month that President Donald Trump was inaugurated, there were 12,367,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States. Since then, manufacturing employment has declined by 129,000.

Manufacturing employment hit a post-World War II low in the United States in February and March 2010, when it dropped to 11,453,000. That was during the first term of President Barack Obama. There are now 785,000 more manufacturing jobs in the United States than there were then.

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