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

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California Protects Precariat Workers

From the AFL-CIO

In a historic win for California’s workers, the California Legislature approved a bill Sept. 13 that makes the misclassification of employees as independent contractors more difficult.

Sponsored by the California Labor Federation, Assembly Bill 5 codifies and expands on a 2018 California Supreme Court decision.

The bill also will help curb the rampant exploitation of workers by unscrupulous employers and give California’s working people the basic rights and protections we all deserve. Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to sign the bill into law.

 “The time is up for unscrupulous employers who claim their workers are ‘independent’ in order to cut corners on costs,”  California Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez said about A.B. 5

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