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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.


Formerly Industrial Belt States Lag Nation in Blue Collar Job Growth

by Alan Barber

Five states saw a significant increase in total non-farm employment in June. Massachusetts led the way, with an increase of 0.6 percent from May to ...

Manufacturing Jobs Surge in South and Southwest

by Alan Barber

Employment in the blue collar jobs industries of manufacturing, construction, and mining and logging grew by 47,000 in May. By industry, only 12 states saw ...

Despite Recent Gains, Blue Collar Employment Remains Well Below Prerecession Levels

by Alan Barber

Employment in blue collar jobs rose by 49,000 in April, an increase of 0.2 percent. Since last April, employment in mining and logging (combined), manufacturing, ...

Blue Collar Jobs Continue to Expand Across Midwest in March

by Dean Baker

The moderate pace of expansion of blue collar jobs continued in March, as most of the Rust Belt states added jobs in both manufacturing and ...

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