Tag: West Virginia

The Cost of Coal

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At a recent rally in West Virginia, Donald Trump expressed preference for coal-derived energy over renewables by labeling wind farms as avian killing fields. Trump’s concern for wildlife is unconvincing. To loosen restrictions on the fossil fuel industry his administration has pushed deregulatory efforts to mute climate change actions by rolling back car emissions standards […]

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 […]

Is WV’s Economic ‘Comeback’ Real?

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This article was originally posted at the Charleston Gazette-Mail. You can read the original here. Over the last few months there has been a flurry of op-eds and articles from big corporations and Republican lawmakers arguing that state budget cuts and low-wage policies like “Right-to-Work” are resulting in a booming economy in our state. Some […]

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, […]

Manufacturing Jobs Surge in South and Southwest

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Employment in the blue collar jobs industries of manufacturing, construction, and mining and logging grew by 47,000 in May. By industry, only 12 states saw a drop in manufacturing jobs. Of the states reporting seasonally adjusted data, 16 saw a decrease in the number of construction jobs and seven saw a drop in mining and […]

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.

We Are Finally Seeing Wage Growth, But it Began Well Before President Trump Took Office

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On the campaign trail and once in office, President Trump promised that the nation would quickly see jobs come roaring back. Of course, the country had already seen unemployment rates fall sharply before the 2016 elections reflecting the economic policies of the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve under then-Chair Janet Yellen.

Coal Comeback Unlikely

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Uptick in manufacturing continues.