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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.


The Decline of Coal is Likely to Continue

by Kevin Cashman

The coal mining industry often becomes a focus in national political campaigns. The debate often hinges around whether regulations are the main reason why coal ...

Blue Collar Job Growth Weakens in May

by Alan Barber and Dean Baker

There was growth overall in blue collar jobs last month. Construction showed modest growth, the growth in mining employment slowed modestly, and manufacturing employment shrank ...

Despite What the Director of the EPA Says, We Have Not Had a Boom in Coal

by Alan Barber

Over the weekend, EPA chief Scott Pruitt made the rounds of the Sunday shows talking up the yuge increase in coal jobs we have seen ...

Will President Trump Make Rust-Belt Manufacturing Great Again?

by Dean Baker

We now have three months of state job data under President Trump. While the course of the economy is still largely the result of the ...