For Immediate Release: September 26, 2018
Contact: Karen Conner, (202) 293-5380 x117, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Washington DC — Manufacturing employment, which has seen steady growth over the last 12 months, fell by 3,000 jobs, nationally in August, according to a new analysis by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). Kentucky experienced the largest drop-off, shedding 2,300 jobs or 0.9 percent of its manufacturing employment. Indiana, Ohio, and Missouri also lost 2,000, 1,800, and 1,500 manufacturing jobs, respectively.

Nationally, aggregate employment in the blue collar sectors of manufacturing, construction, mining and logging, grew by 26,000 in August, an increase of 0.1 percent compared with July. The bulk of those new jobs, 23,000, were in construction. Kentucky bucked the national trend, losing 1,400 construction jobs last month, a decline of 1.8 percent compared with July.

For a detailed analysis of the major blue collar industries of manufacturing, construction, mining, and logging, see Blue Collar Jobs Tracker. Each month, this site is updated with the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics state level jobs data in these industries.