February Losses in Construction Offset Manufacturing’s Rebound from a Dismal January
by Matt Sedlar , 04/13/2021
Employment in construction, manufacturing, and mining and logging decreased in February by 44,000 jobs, a 0.22 percent decrease from the previous month. The decrease brings the three-month (December to February) average to an increase of 10,330 jobs each month, or a 0.05 percent month-to-month change. The previous three months (September to November) had an average […]
Losses in January Reverse Trend of Growth in Blue Collar Sectors
by Matt Sedlar , 03/19/2021
Employment in construction, manufacturing, and mining and logging decreased by 13,000 jobs in January, or -0.06 percent over the previous month. This is a departure from the slow recovery over the previous three months. Construction Construction jobs increased by 1,000 or 0.01 percent over the previous month. The South was the only region to see […]
Growth in Construction and Manufacturing Slows While Mining Jobs Increase
by Matt Sedlar , 12/22/2020
Employment in construction, manufacturing, and mining and logging increased by 55,000 jobs in November, or a 0.27 percent increase over the previous month. The three-month average from September to November was 86,330 jobs, or a 0.43 percent month-to-month change. This is down from the previous three months, June to August, which averaged 201,330 jobs or […]
Manufacturing Employment Increased Under Trump but Lags Prerecession Levels
by Alan Barber , 01/23/2019
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 […]
Several States See Declines in Manufacturing Jobs
by Alan Barber , 09/26/2018
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 […]
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.
Coal Comeback Unlikely
by Alan Barber and Dean Baker , 01/24/2018
Uptick in manufacturing continues.
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.
Pennsylvania and Ohio Manufacturing Job Growth Takes a Hit in First Half of 2017
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.