U.S. Gained 5,000 Manufacturing Jobs in January, Lost 10,000 Government Jobs

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 3, 2017 | 9:34am EST
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence admire a Harley Davidson at the White House, Feb. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(CNSNews.com) - The United States gained 5,000 jobs in manufacturing in January while losing 10,000 in government, according to numbers released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In December, jobs in government in the United States outnumbered jobs in manufacturing by 9,950,000. In January, the margin dropped to 9,935,000.

Over the past year—from January 2016 to January 2017—the United States added 162,000 government jobs, while losing 46,000 manufacturing jobs, according to BLS numbers.

In the one month from December 2016 to January 2017, manufacturing jobs rose from 12,336,000 to 12,341,000—for an increase of 5,000.

At the same time, government jobs dropped from 22,286,000 to 22,276,000—a decline of 10,000.

However, over the past year--from January 2016 to January 2017--the number of people employed in government in the United States climbed from 22,114,000 to 22,276,000—an increase of 162,000.

During the same January-to-January time period, the number of people employed in manufacturing dropped from 12,387,000 to 12,341,000—a decline of 46,000.

The number of manufacturing jobs in the United States peaked at 19,533,000 in June 1979. Since then, it has declined by 7,192,000 to the 12,341,000 as of this January, according to the BLS numbers.

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