Manufacturing Jobs Up 400,000 Under Trump; +37,000 in July

Terence P. Jeffrey | August 3, 2018 | 8:51am EDT
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( - Manufacturing jobs in the United States increased by 37,000 in July and have now increased by 400,000 since Donald Trump became president, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Manufacturing added 37,000 jobs in July, with most of the gain in the durable goods component,” said the BLS employment report. “Employment rose in transportation equipment (+13,000), machinery (+6,000), and electronic instruments (+2,000).”

“Over the past 12 months, manufacturing has added 327,000 jobs,” said the report.

In December 2016, the last month before President Trump was inaugurated, there were 12,351,000 people employed in manufacturing in the United States. In July, there were 12,751,000—an increase of 400,000.

In June, there were 12,714,000 people employed in manufacturing in the United States. That increased by 37,000 to the 12,751,000 employed in manufacturing in July.

Manufacturing employment in the United States peaked in June 1979 at 19,553,000. Despite the recent gains, the current level of 12,751,000 is 6,802,000—or 34.8 percent—below that.

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