Manufacturing Jobs Up 18,000 in May; 322,000 Under Trump

Terence P. Jeffrey | June 1, 2018 | 8:57am EDT
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( - Manufacturing jobs in the United States increased by 18,000 in the month of May and have now climbed by 322,000 since President Donald Trump took office, according to new employment data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Manufacturing employment continued to expand over the month (+18,000),” the BLS said in its monthly employment report released today.

“Durable goods accounted for most of the change, including an increase of 6,000 jobs in machinery,” said BLS. “Manufacturing employment has risen by 259,000 over the year, with about three-fourths of the growth in durable goods industries”

In December 2016, the month before President Trump took office, there were 12,351,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States, according to BLS. In May, there were 12,673,000.

That is the largest number of manufacturing jobs maintained by the U.S. economy since December 2008, the last month before President Barack Obama took office. In that month, there 12,850,000 manufacturing jobs. But in January 2009, the month Obama was inaugurated, manufacturing jobs dropped to 12,561,000.

In June 1979, manufacturing jobs in the United States hit their all-time peak of 19,553,000, according to the historical data published by BLS. 1979 also saw the greatest number of manufacturing jobs in any May on record. That May, there were 19,509,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States.

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