Manufacturing Jobs +55,000 in 2017; Government +5,000; But Government Outnumbers Manufacturing by 9,906,000

By Terence P. Jeffrey | June 2, 2017 | 9:01am EDT
President Donald Trump with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. (Screen Capture)

( The United States has added 55,000 jobs in manufacturing so far in 2017 and 5,000 in government, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Thus, the job growth in manufacturing so far this year has been 11 times the job growth in government.

Nonetheless, government jobs in the United States still outnumber manufacturing jobs by 9,906,000.

In December 2016, there were 12,343,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States, according to BLS. By May, that had climbed by 55,000 to 12,398,000.

Manufacturing jobs in the United States peaked at 19,533,000 in June 1979. Since then, they have declined by 7,135,000 to the current 12,398,000, according to the BLS.

Meanwhile, there were 22,299,000 government jobs in the United States in December, according to BLS. In May, there were 22,304,000. That equaled an increase of 5,000.

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