U.S. Lost 12,000 Manufacturing Jobs in January

By Terence P. Jeffrey | February 7, 2020 | 8:50am EST
(Getty Images/Drew Angerer)
(Getty Images/Drew Angerer)

(CNSNews.com) - The United States lost 12,000 manufacturing jobs in January, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In December, there were 12,863,000 people employed in manufacturing. In January that dropped to 12,851,000.

Since November, when there were 12,868,000 people employed in manufacturing, the United States has lost 17,000 manufacturing jobs.

Over the last year, however, the nation has gained a net of 26,000 manufacturing jobs—as the total number of people employed in manufacturing rose from 12,825,000 last January to 12,851,000 this January.

Since December 2016, the month before President Donald Trump was inaugurated, manufacturing jobs have increased by 495,000—rising from 12,356,000 to the current 12,851,000.

Manufacturing employment hit its all-time high in the United States in June 1979. That month, there were 19,553,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States.

Since that peak, manufacturing employment in the United States has dropped by 6,702,000—or 34.3 percent.


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