Press Release Coronavirus Economic Crisis and Recovery Growth US

Blue Collar Job Growth Sluggish in September

October 30, 2020

Contact: Karen Conner, 202-281-4159Mail_Outline

Washington DC — In this last update before the election, September employment in the blue collar sectors of construction, manufacturing, and mining and logging is creeping along, at best. Today’s Blue Collar Jobs Tracker, shows that mining and logging jobs increased by +0.16 percent over the previous month, but had a net loss of 4,330 jobs in the three-month average from July to September, or a -0.7 percent month-to-month change. 

 “If you look at the mining and logging sectors since the Great Recession, logging jobs have seen little growth, while growth in mining has been a lot more irregular,” explains CEPR data analyst Matt Sedlar. “The current recession has had a disastrous effect on these industries.”

Mining and logging jobs

Sedlar has a dim outlook for a more vigorous recovery as the country heads into a rough winter. “Many of the states are still recovering from massive losses earlier in the year. It will take time to recover those jobs based on the current rate that jobs are being added.”

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Blue Collar Jobs Tracker is a project of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) created to take a closer look at the path of job growth in four major blue collar industries: manufacturing, mining, construction, and logging. 


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