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Several States See Declines in Manufacturing Jobs

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Nationally, employment in the blue collar sectors grew by 26,000 in August, an increase of 0.1 percent compared with July. The total number of jobs in these sectors has increased by 789,200 (3.9 percent) since August of 2017. Despite this growth, this is still 5.0 percent lower than the total number of blue collar jobs […]

Labor Day is a Reminder that ‘More Jobs’ Should Mean ‘Better Jobs’

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On June 10, 1872, an estimated 150,000 workers marched through New York City to celebrate the end of a three-month, statewide strike. The purpose of the strike? The eight-hour workday. Across the country, similar victories soon followed. In the battle for an eight-hour workday, workers faced opposition at every step. Employers reduced wages to accommodate […]

Job Gains in Manufacturing Leads Increase in Blue Collar Employment

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Blue collar employment grew by 0.3 percent in July as the nation added 52,000 jobs in construction, manufacturing, and mining and logging. The number of jobs in these industries was 13.9 percent of total nonfarm jobs in the United States last month. This is a slight increase from July of 2017 when these jobs were […]

Formerly Industrial Belt States Lag Nation in Blue Collar Job Growth

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Five states saw a significant increase in total non-farm employment in June. Massachusetts led the way, with an increase of 0.6 percent from May to June or an additional 21,400 jobs. Tennessee saw an increase of 0.4 percent or 13,000 jobs. Georgia, Illinois and North Carolina all saw an increase of 0.3 percent or 14,200, […]

Despite Recent Gains, Blue Collar Employment Remains Well Below Prerecession Levels

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Employment in blue collar jobs rose by 49,000 in April, an increase of 0.2 percent. Since last April, employment in mining and logging (combined), manufacturing, and construction has increased by 561,000 or 2.8 percent. Together, these jobs accounted for 13.8 percent of jobs in April. In the Midwestern industrial belt, blue collar employment fell by […]

Blue Collar Jobs Continue to Expand Across Midwest in March

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The moderate pace of expansion of blue collar jobs continued in March, as most of the Rust Belt states added jobs in both manufacturing and construction. This follows the general pattern nationwide.

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.

Blue Collar Jobs in the Rust Belt have Fallen By 0.15 percent since January

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The total number of blue collar jobs in the Rust Belt rose 0.21 percent in October (an increase of 12,100 jobs) and were 28 percent of the nation’s total private blue collar jobs. Over the past year, employment in rust belt blue collar jobs has grown by 0.72 percent. However, the region has seen the […]