Despite Recent Gains, Blue Collar Employment Remains Well Below Prerecession Levels
by Alan Barber , 05/21/2018
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
by Dean Baker , 04/25/2018
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
by Dean Baker , 03/30/2018
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
by Alan Barber , 03/13/2018
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
by Alan Barber and Dean Baker , 01/24/2018
Uptick in manufacturing continues.
Modest Job Growth in the Rust Belt, but Little Evidence of Uptick in Wages
by Alan Barber and Dean Baker , 01/05/2018
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.
Blue Collar Jobs in the Rust Belt have Fallen By 0.15 percent since January
by Alan Barber , 11/20/2017
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 […]
Wage Growth Picks Up In Some Rust Belt States; Number of Blue Collar Jobs Sees Little Change
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.
Rust Belt Employment Up in August, but Job Growth Still Lags National Trend
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 […]
Blue Collar Jobs Down in Rust Belt as the Country on the Whole Continues to See Job Growth
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.