Government Job Growth in June Outstrips Manufacturing 35 to 1

By Terence P. Jeffrey | July 7, 2017 | 8:59am EDT
U.S. Capitol

( - The growth in the number of employees in federal, state and local government jobs beat the growth in the number of employees in manufacturing jobs 35 to 1 in June, according to the employment data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The seasonally adjusted government employment number grew by 35,000 in the month, while seasonally adjusted manufacturing employment grew by only 1,000.

Also, in 2017 so far, the United States has created 1,000 more government jobs than manufacturing jobs, according to the BLS data.

From May to June, the seasonally adjusted total for employment in government rose from 22,318,000 to 22,353,000—an increase of 35,000.

At the same time, the seasonally adjusted total for employment in manufacturing rose from 12,395,000 to 12,396,000—an increase of 1,000.

Since December 2016, government jobs have gone from 22,299,000 to 22,353,000--an increase of 54,000.

Since December, manufacturing jobs have gone from 12,343,000 to 12,396,000--an increase of 53,000.

Government jobs outnumbered manufacturing jobs by 9,957,000 during June in the United States, according to the BLS.

The BLS noted in its release on the June employment data that health care had added 37,000 jobs during the month, social assistance employment had added 23,000, financial activities had added 17,000, mining had added 8,000, professional and business services had added 35,000 and food services and drinking places had added 29,000.

“Employment in other major industries, including construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, and government, showed little change over the month.

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