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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.


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 ...

Blue Collar Jobs Down in Rust Belt as the Country on the Whole Continues to See Job Growth

by Alan Barber and Dean Baker

New York continues to see the largest losses in manufacturing jobs in the Rust Belt. The latest state jobs report shows that overall employment grew ...

Black Women’s Equal Pay Day and Differences in Pay in Driving Occupations

by Kevin Cashman

Today is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the day when a black woman’s pay catches up to the average white man’s 2016 pay, for those ...

Note to Employers: the Construction Labor Market Not as Tight as Advertised

by Brian Dew and Kevin Cashman

Numerous recent news stories describe the labor market for construction jobs as excessively tight [1]. Construction employers struggle to find blue collar workers, these stories ...