Manufacturing Jobs +3,000 in August; +498,000 Under Trump

By Terence P. Jeffrey | September 6, 2019 | 9:34am EDT
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( - Manufacturing jobs in the United States increased by 3,000 in the month of August and are now up 498,000 since President Donald Trump took office, according to the employment report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In July, there were 12,850,000 people employed in the manufacturing sector in the United States. In August that increased to 12,853,000.

In December 2016, the month before Trump took office, there were 12,355,000 people employed in manufacturing in the United States. Since then, that has increased by 498,000.

The number of people employed in manufacturing in the United States is the highest since November 2008, when there were 13,034,000 people employed in manufacturing in this country.

The 498,000 increase in manufacturing employment so far in Trump’s presidency contrasts with the 482,000 net decline in manufacturing jobs during President Barack Obama’s two terms.

The BLS has published the historical manufacturing employment numbers going back to 1939. Since then, manufacturing jobs in the United States peaked in June 1979, when they hit 19,553,000. In the years since that 1979 peak, they hit a low of 11,453,000 in February and March of 2010.

Since that 2010 nadir, the U.S. has added 1,400,000 manufacturing jobs to reach the August number of 12,853,000.

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