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Manufacturing Rebounds in June, But Slump Persists in the Northeast

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Construction, manufacturing and mining and logging added 37,000 jobs in June, a rebound from mediocre May numbers. The May jobs numbers were actually revised upward, from 8,000 to 11,000, with the gains split between construction and mining and logging. In what is a pattern over the past several months, increases in June were heavily concentrated […]

Manufacturers Have a Trump Problem

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently released its Manufacturer’s Outlook Survey for the second quarter of 2019, and by its own members’ measures[1], optimism is starting to take a hit. The association is still pushing the line that one of the biggest concerns the industry is facing is “attracting and retaining a quality workforce.” […]

May Marks Another Weak Month for Blue Collar Jobs

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Jobs in construction, manufacturing, and mining and logging increased by 8,000 jobs in May.  The story here is the continuing weakness in manufacturing and mining and logging now coupled with a dismal month for construction. But looking at individual states and regions, a clear picture is starting to emerge about who is winning and who […]

Non-Investing Manufacturers Threaten Tax Law Repeal Would Mean Even Less Investment

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently declared that any attempt to repeal Trump’s 2017 tax reform law would “strike a major blow to manufacturing jobs, wages and investments.” The organization backed the claim with data from its last quarterly survey of manufacturers, which found 66 percent of respondents stating they would consider cutting back […]