For Immediate Release: November 20, 2017
Contact: Karen Conner, 202-293-5380 x117, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WASHINGTON – The total number of blue collar jobs in the Rust Belt rose 0.21 percent in October but have fallen by 0.15 percent since the beginning of the year, according to an analysis by The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR).

Construction jobs in the rust belt increased slightly (0.1 percent), but mining and logging employment in the rust belt fell 0.44 percent in October.

In manufacturing, Iowa gained 2,200 jobs in October for a 1.02 percent increase. This was followed by Wisconsin at 0.71 percent and West Virginia at 0.66 percent. New York continued to shed manufacturing jobs with employment decreasing by 0.39 percent or 1,700 jobs. 

The Blue Collar Jobs Tracker charts monthly manufacturing, construction, mining, and logging jobs in rust belt states to monitor job growth in these industries.