Manufacturing Jobs Up 36,000 in August; 155,000 Since Trump’s Election

Terence P. Jeffrey | September 1, 2017 | 8:45am EDT
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( - The United States gained 36,000 manufacturing jobs in the month of August and has gained 137,000 this year and 155,000 since November of last year, when the nation held a presidential election, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With these gains, employment in manufacturing reached a level not seen since January 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated president.

“Manufacturing employment rose by 36,000 in August,” said the BLS. "Job gains occurred in motor vehicles and parts (+14,000), fabricated metal products (+5,000), and computer and electronic products (+4,000. Manufacturing has added 155,000 jobs since a recent employment low in November 2016.”

When Obama was inaugurated in January 2009, there were 12,561,000 people employed in manufacturing in the United States. But in the next month, February 2009, manufacturing employment dropped to 12,380,000. Manufacturing employment would eventually dropped to 11,4530,000 in February and March of 2010.

Last November, at the time Donald Trump was elected president, there were 12,325,000 employed in manufacturing. That rose to 12,343,000 in December—and since then has climbed to the 12,480,000 it reached in August, an increase of 155,000 since last year’s election and 137,000 so far for this calendar year.

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