Tag: Coal mining

Blue Collar Jobs Continue to Increase Across Rust Belt

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Consistent with national data showing modest increases in blue collar employment across the country, employment in construction and manufacturing increased in most states in the Midwest in February. Employment in both categories is up in almost every state in the region over the last year.

Tepid Blue Collar Job Growth Continues in the Rust Belt

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Blue collar jobs as a percent of all jobs in the rust belt are virtually unchanged since the end of the recession.

Coal Comeback Unlikely

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Uptick in manufacturing continues.

Modest Job Growth in the Rust Belt, but Little Evidence of Uptick in Wages

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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 of blue collar employment in the Rust Belt also had a strong showing.

Wage Growth Picks Up In Some Rust Belt States; Number of Blue Collar Jobs Sees Little Change

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Blue collar employment in the Rust Belt rose by just 0.05 percent in September. Compared to September of 2016, the total number of jobs in construction, manufacturing, and mining/logging has risen by 0.39 percent.

Rust Belt Employment Up in August, but Job Growth Still Lags National Trend

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Nationwide, the state with the largest unemployment increase in August was the Rust Belt state of Indiana (0.4 percentage points). California, New Jersey, Oregon and another Rust Belt state, West Virginia, each saw a 0.3 percentage point increase in unemployment. Over the last year, Indiana and West Virginia have experienced unemployment increases of 0.9 percentage […]

The Decline of Coal is Likely to Continue

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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 mining employment has declined versus an explanation that emphasizes increases in productivity and technology in the industry, as well as the development of cheaper sources of energy that compete with […]

Blue Collar Job Growth Weakens in May

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Trump doesn’t seem to be bringing the jobs home.

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

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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 in the last few months. Problem is he was pretty far off base, claiming that there were 50,000 new coal mining jobs so far this year. Responding to a clip […]