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Manufacturing Gains in July, But a Weak Month for Construction and Mining

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Jobs in the blue collar sectors of construction, manufacturing, and mining and logging increased by 15,000 in July, but in a surprise twist, that growth was mostly in manufacturing, not construction. Job growth was primarily in the South and West, with the addition of 12,400 and 8,300 blue collar jobs, respectively. The Northeast only added […]

Little to No Growth in Mining and Logging and Manufacturing as Slump Continues into April

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Employment in construction, manufacturing, and mining and logging increased by 34,000 jobs in April, which sounds positive until you separate the data by sector. Growth in the last month was driven largely by construction, with manufacturing growth falling short for the third month in a row and mining and logging seeing a decrease of 3,000 […]

February Marked by Job Loss and Wild Weather

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While overall job growth in February 2019 was slow, employment in construction, manufacturing and mining and logging actually decreased by 0.14 percent or 29,800 jobs. States in the Midwest and West regions experienced the biggest drops, with decreases of 21,500 and 17,400 jobs, respectively. The only Census region that saw increases was the South, with […]

Manufacturing Employment Increased Under Trump but Lags Prerecession Levels

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Employment in construction, manufacturing and mining and logging increased by 0.4 percent or 74,000 in December of 2018. Forty-one states and the District of Columbia gained jobs in these “blue collar sectors.” Texas saw the largest gains for the month, adding 10,900 jobs, an increase of 0.6 percent. Next was Florida at +7,600 jobs (+0.8 […]

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 […]

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.