Manufacturing Leads the Way this Jobs Day

Matthew McMullan

Matthew McMullan Communications Manager, Alliance for American Manufacturing

That's 155,000 factory jobs since November 2016.

Today’s Jobs Day! New employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on the first Friday of each month.

So how’d we do? Drumroll, please:

Manufacturing added 36,000 jobs last month. Dang, that’s not bad. In an otherwise lackluster report (a total of 156,000 created overall), the manufacturing sector had relatively robust growth. Since November 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics points out, it has created 155,000 new positions.

But it’s not all roses. While employment is cranking up, wages aren’t following in step:

 

Commented AAM President Scott Paul:

"How can we keep up the momentum? Pass an infrastructure bill with strong Buy America preferences to put more people back to work. The administration must also invest in training the workers of the future, move forward with rebalancing trade, and hold China accountable."

Posted In: From Alliance for American Manufacturing, Allied Approaches

Union Matters

Labor Wins

From the AFL-CIO

On Tuesday, the labor movement drove historic wins for pro-worker candidates like Governor-Elect Andy Beshear in Kentucky and new legislative majorities in Virginia. Not only did union members come out to vote in droves, 270 union member candidates were elected to public office last night and counting. This adds to the total of more than 900 union members elected up and down the ballot in last year’s midterms, a product of the Union Member Candidate Program launched by the AFL-CIO just two years ago. The share of union members who won in the 2018 midterms is two-thirds. The program will continue through 2020 and beyond, electing even more union members to public office. 

“Our efforts recruiting, training and supporting labor candidates have led to the passage of pro-worker legislation from coast to coast and everywhere in between,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said.

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