CEPR

For Immediate Release: June 27, 2019
Contact: Karen Conner, (202) 293-5380 x117, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Today’s Blue Collar Jobs Tracker by Matt Sedlar is another in a string of bad reports on these combined sectors. The manufacturing slump continues, but now other blue collar sectors are showing weakness, at least in certain areas.

“Looking at individual states and regions, a clear picture is starting to emerge about who is winning and who is losing in the current economy,” writes Sedlar.

For example, New York and Massachusetts had a net loss of 5,500 construction jobs, and 2,300 jobs, respectively, while California‘s construction jobs increased by 12,800, making it the state with the highest construction job growth in the nation. Overall, construction gained 4,000 jobs last month, which is substantially weaker than April’s 30,000 increase.

Nationwide, jobs in construction, manufacturing, and mining and logging increased by 8,000 jobs in May, a striking drop from April’s overall increase of 34,000 blue collar jobs. Job performance by state and blue collar sector may be viewed on our Blue Collar Jobs Tracker map.

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.