Manufacturing Jobs Up 32,000 in December, 491,000 Under Trump

By Terence P. Jeffrey | January 4, 2019 | 8:49am EST
President Donald Trump at the Foxconn factory in Mount Pleasant, Wisc., June 28, 2018. (Getty Images/Scott Olson)

( - Manufacturing jobs in the United States increased by 32,000 in December and have now increased by 491,000 during the presidency of Donald Trump, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In December 2016, the month before Trump took office, there were 12,351,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States. In December 2018, there were 12,842,000, bringing the increase during first 24 months of Trump’s presidency to 491,000.

“Manufacturing added 32,000 jobs in December,” said the monthly employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that was released today.

“Most of the gain occurred in the durable goods component (+19,000), with job growth in fabricated metal products (+7,000) and in computer and electronic products (+4,000),” said the release. “Employment in the nondurable goods component also increased over the month (+13,000). Manufacturing employment increased by 284,000 over the year, with about three-fourths of the gain in durable goods industries. Manufacturing had added 207,000 jobs in 2017.”

In the years since 1939, when the BLS started tracking manufacturing employment, the number of manufacturing jobs in the United States peaked in 1979 at 19,553,000 jobs. Manufacturing jobs then dropped to a post-World War II low of 11,453,000 in February and March 2010.


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