For Immediate Release: July 24, 2018
Contact: Karen Conner, (202) 293-5380 x117, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Washington, DCEmployment in in the region formerly known as the industrial belt (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) continues to trail the national growth trend in blue collar jobs.

June saw all three blue collar job sectors (manufacturing, construction, and the combination of mining and logging) in the region grow by 0.1 percent, compared with 0.2 percent nationally.

Last year, the region’s blue collar sectors gained 2.1 percent, or 122,900 jobs, compared with a 3.1 percent nationwide.

Nationwide, the number of blue collar jobs increased 0.3 percent from May to June. That total is up 3.1 percent since June of last year, for an increase of 624,000 jobs.