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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.


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 ...

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 ...

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