Manufacturing Jobs Up 216,000 Since Trump's Election; 15,000 Gained in January

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 2, 2018 | 8:44am EST
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( - The manufacturing sector added 15,000 jobs in January, bringing the total number of manufacturing jobs added since President Donald Trump was elected in November 2016 to 216,000. Since Trump's inauguration in January 2017, manufacturing jobs have climbed by 186,000, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In November 2016, there were 12,339,000 people employed in the manufacturing secctor. By January 2017, that had climbed to 12,369,000. By December 2017, it had risen to 12,540,000; and, by January 2018, according to the numbers released today, it had risen to 12,555,000.

The last time the United States had more than 12,555,000 employed in manufacturing was in January 2009, the month President Barack Obama was inaugurated. In that month, there were 12,561,000 employed in manufacturing. But in February 2009, the month after Obama's inauguration, manufacturing employment dropped to 12,380,000, according to the BLS.

“In January, employment in manufacturing remained on an upward trend (+15,000),” the BLS said in its press released on the employment numbers.

Despite the recent surge in manufacturing jobs in the United States, the number of people employed by government in this country in January (22,328,000) outnumbered the people employed in manufacturing (12,555,000) by 9,773,000.


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