by Alan Barber , 10/23/2017
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.
by Alan Barber and Dean Baker , 09/18/2017
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 […]
by Alan Barber and Dean Baker , 08/22/2017
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.
by Brian Dew and Kevin Cashman , 07/27/2017
Numerous recent news stories describe the labor market for construction jobs as excessively tight . 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 […]
by Alan Barber and Dean Baker , 07/24/2017
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.
by Hannah Halbert , 05/17/2017
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 […]
by Matt Sedlar , 05/05/2017
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.
by Alan Barber and Dean Baker , 04/24/2017
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.