Tag: Blue collar worker

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

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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 claim, and therefore are supposedly offering luxurious compensation packages to entice people to take jobs in the industry, or are forced to turn down work. These employers and journalists often […]

The Ohio Blue Collar Jobs Report: May 2017

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Ohio’s recovery has been a slow slog since 2009. The state has added jobs, but has grown by a very meager 1.9 percent. That sluggish growth has not been enough to pull large numbers of workers back into the labor market. Ohio is still 200,000 workers short of its pre-recession labor force. Although some regions […]

Modest Growth in Blue Collar Employment in March

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Growth in blue collar jobs was modest in March as the total number of jobs rose by 28,000 or 0.15 percent. This is less than the increase in February (0.5 percent) but is 1.1 percent (217,000) above the March 2016 level.

Highest to Lowest Share of Blue Collar Jobs By State

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Last November, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States thanks largely to overwhelming support from working-class white voters. This has engendered a discussion about the decline of blue collar jobs in the Midwest specifically and throughout the country more broadly.

Growth in Blue Collar Jobs Continues in March

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As noted in this month’s CEPR Jobs Byte, the national unemployment rate ticked down to 4.5 percent in March. Overall job growth was just 98,000 for the month. Coupled with downward revision in the last two months, the three-month job growth average was 178,000.

February Blue Collar Job Growth is Strong in All Three Sectors

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February was the third consecutive month for growth in manufacturing jobs, bringing the change over the last year to 7,000.

The Blue Collar Jobs Tracker: Mapping Progress on Jobs

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During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly promised to bring back the good paying jobs in manufacturing and mining that had been lost in the last three decades. He promised that an “America First” trade policy, lower taxes, and reduced regulation would bring these jobs back. Clearly these promises were important to many of the […]