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CEPR’s Blue Collar Jobs Tracker lets you take a closer look at the path of job growth in four major blue-collar industries: manufacturing, mining, construction, and logging. The Trump administration has made a commitment to bring back manufacturing, mining and other blue collar jobs that have been lost in recent decades. Each month, we’ll update this site with the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics state level jobs data so that you can follow job growth in these industries.


Tepid Blue Collar Job Growth Continues in the Rust Belt

by Alan Barber

Unemployment rates did not increase in any of the 50 states in January. Six states saw rates go down and 44 states were stable. Nonfarm ...

We Are Finally Seeing Wage Growth, But it Began Well Before President Trump Took Office

by Alan Barber

On the campaign trail and once in office, President Trump promised that the nation would quickly see jobs come roaring back. Of course, the country ...

Coal Comeback Unlikely

by Alan Barber and Dean Baker

The US economy added 148,000 jobs in December, with only 10 states seeing an increase in nonfarm employment. In the Rust Belt, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and ...

Modest Job Growth in the Rust Belt, but Little Evidence of Uptick in Wages

by Alan Barber and Dean Baker

The Rust Belt added 25,000 blue collar jobs in November led by a strong showing in the construction sector. Manufacturing, which accounts for the majority ...

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