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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.


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 ...

Blue Collar Jobs in the Rust Belt have Fallen By 0.15 percent since January

by Alan Barber

The total number of blue collar jobs in the Rust Belt rose 0.21 percent in October (an increase of 12,100 jobs) and were 28 percent ...

Wage Growth Picks Up In Some Rust Belt States; Number of Blue Collar Jobs Sees Little Change

by Alan Barber

Blue collar employment in the Rust Belt rose by just 0.05 percent in September. Compared to September of 2016, the total number of jobs in ...

Rust Belt Employment Up in August, but Job Growth Still Lags National Trend

by Alan Barber and Dean Baker

Nationwide, the state with the largest unemployment increase in August was the Rust Belt state of Indiana (0.4 percentage points). California, New Jersey, Oregon and ...

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