Tag: Construction

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 […]

Blue Collar Jobs Down in Rust Belt as the Country on the Whole Continues to See Job Growth

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New York continues to see the largest losses in manufacturing jobs in the Rust Belt. The latest state jobs report shows that overall employment grew strongly in 11 states and Washington, DC, while only Georgia lost a substantial number of jobs (-14,100 or -0.3 percent) in July.

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 […]

Pennsylvania and Ohio Manufacturing Job Growth Takes a Hit in First Half of 2017

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At the national level, there was an increase in the total number of blue collar jobs in June. Construction gained 15,000 jobs while mining and logging added 8,000 jobs. Manufacturing, though still seeing positive gains, only added 1,000 jobs.

Blue Collar Job Growth Weakens in May

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

Manufacturing Falls in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania in April

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Construction down in all rust belt states except Wisconsin

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 […]

Growth in Blue Collar Jobs Slows In April

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As noted in this month’s CEPR Jobs Byte, the national unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in April. The establishment survey reported that the economy added 211,000 jobs. Roughly offsetting revisions to the prior two months’ job growth brings the average for the last three months to 174,000.