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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 Growth in Blue Collar Employment in March

by Alan Barber and Dean Baker

Growth in blue collar jobs was modest in March as the total number of jobs rose by 28,000 or 0.15 percent. This is less than the increase in February (0.5 ...

Highest to Lowest Share of Blue Collar Jobs By State

by Nick Buffie and Tillie McInnis

Last November, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States thanks largely to overwhelming support from working-class white voters. This has engendered a discussion about the decline of blue ...

Growth in Blue Collar Jobs Continues in March

by Alan Barber

As noted in this month’s CEPR Jobs Byte, the national unemployment rate ticked down to 4.5 percent in March. Overall job growth was just 98,000 for the month. Coupled with ...

February Blue Collar Job Growth is Strong in All Three Sectors

by Dean Baker and Nick Buffie

Blue collar job growth was strong in February, with the total number of jobs in manufacturing, construction, and mining rising by 0.5 percent. (The Bureau of Labor Statistics typically releases ...