For Immediate Release: January 23, 2019
Washington, DC — The Trump administration made a promise to bring back manufacturing, mining and other blue collar jobs. Near the halfway point of this first term, the Center for Economic and Policy Research released today a new analysis that chronicles the latest jobs data in these sectors for December and compares them to year-ago and prerecession levels.
Manufacturing employment under the Trump administration has risen by 473,000, or 3.8 percent, and is now 8.5 percent of total nonfarm employment. This compares with 10.1 percent for the year preceding the Great Recession and 13.1 percent of total nonfarm employment in 2000.
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.