Manufacturing Jobs Up 13,000 in January--and 467,000 Under Trump

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 1, 2019 | 8:48am EST
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( - Manufacturing jobs increased by 13,000 in January hitting an 11-year high of 12,822,000, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Employment in manufacturing continued to trend up in January (+13,000),” the BLS said in it monthly employment report. “Over-the-month job gains occurred in durable goods (+20,000), while employment in nondurable goods changed little (-7,000). Manufacturing employment has increased by 261,000 over the year, with more than four-fifths of the gain in durable goods industries.”

The last time there were more manufacturing jobs in the United States was December 2008. That month, the nation had 12,850,000 manufacturing jobs. But in January 2009, manufacturing jobs dropped to 12,561,000.

Since December 2016, the last month before Trump took office, the United States has added 467,000 manufacturing jobs, with employment in manufacturing rising from 12,355,000 in December 2016 to 12,822,000 in January.

Manufacturing jobs in the United States peaked in June 1979, when they hit 19,553,000. Even at the current 11-year high of 12,822,000, there are still 6,731,000 fewer manufacturing jobs in this country than there were at the 1979 peak.



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