Manufacturing Jobs +479,000 Under Trump--Hit Highest Level Since Before Obama

Terence P. Jeffrey | March 8, 2019 | 9:30am EST
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( - The United States added another 4,000 manufacturing jobs in February, with employment in the manufacturing sector climbing from 12,830,000 in January to 12,834,000 in February, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Since President Donald Trump took office, the U.S. has added 479,000 manufacturing jobs and manufacturing employment has now reached a level not seen since December 2008, the month before President Barack Obama took office.

In December 2008, the month before Obama’s inauguration, manufacturing employment was 12,850,000. In January 2009, when Obama was inaugurated, it dropped by 289,000 jobs to 12,561,000.

Manufacturing employment in the United States eventually dropped to a nadir of 11,453,000 in February and March of 2010.

In December 2016, the last month before Trump’s inauguration, there were 12,355,000 employed in manufacturing in the United States. By last month, that had reached 12,834,000—an increase of 479,000 in the months that Trump has been in office.

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