Manufacturing Jobs up 22,000 in March; 281,000 Under Trump

By Terence P. Jeffrey | April 6, 2018 | 8:47am EDT
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( - The United States added 22,000 manufacturing jobs in March and employment in the manufacturing sector has now increased by 281,000 since December 2016, the last month before President Donald Trump took office.

“In March, employment in manufacturing rose by 22,000, with all of the gain in the durable goods component,” the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its monthly employment report released today. “Employment in fabricated metal products increased over the month (+9,000).

Since last March, the report said, the nation has added 232,000 manufacturing jobs.

“Over the year,” it said, “manufacturing has added 232,000 jobs; the durable goods component accounted for about three-fourths of the jobs added.”

In December 2016, the month before Trump took office, there were 12,351,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States—281,000 less than the 12,632,000 manufacturing jobs the nation reached in March.

The last time there were more manufacturing jobs in the United States than there were in March was in December 2008, when there were 12,850,000 manufacturing jobs. That was the last month before President Barack Obama took office.

In January 2009, the month Obama was inaugurated, manufacturing jobs dropped to 12,561,000. The number of manufacturing jobs in the United States did not exceed that number until February of this year, when it hit 12,610,000.

Manufacturing jobs have now increased in 14 of the 15 month in which Donald Trump has served in the White House. The only month they did not increase was July 2017, when they dropped from 12,428,000 to 12,424,000.


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