138,000 Manufacturing Jobs Added This Year

Terence P. Jeffrey | November 3, 2017 | 9:36am EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - The United States has gained 138,000 manufacturing jobs in 2017, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In December, the last month of 2016, there were 12,343,000 employed in manufacturing in the United States, according to BLS. By October, that had risen to 12,481,000.

The 12,481,000 people employed in the manufacturing in October was the most since January 2009, the month that Barack Obama was inaugurated president. That month, there were 12,561,000 employed in manufacturing. But in February 2009, manufacturing employment fell to 12,380,000.

Between September and October of this year, manufacturing employment increased by 24,000—rising from 12,457,000 in September to October’s 12,481,000.

While employment was rising in manufacturing during October, it was also rising in government.

From September to October, employment in state, local and federal government rose from 22,352,000 to 22,361,000—an increase of 9,000 for the month.

So far in 2017, government has added 62,000 jobs—increasing from 22,299,000 in December 2016 to October’s 22,361,000.

Government jobs increases at each level of government—rising from 2,809,000 to 2,814,000 on the federal level, 5,089,000 to 5,091,000 on the state level; and 14,454,000 to 14,456,000 on the local level.

Government jobs now outnumber manufacturing jobs in the United States by 9,880,000.

Manufacturing jobs peaked at 19,533,000 in June 1979. Government jobs exceeded manufacturing jobs in the United States for the first time in August 1989.

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