Manufacturing jobs in the United States increased by 30,000 in the month of July, climbing from 12,796,000 to 12,826,000, according to employment report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
So far this year, manufacturing employment has increased from 12,581,000 in January to the July level of 12,826,000, an increase of 245,000.
Manufacturing employment in the United States is now above what it was in the months immediately preceding that start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.
In January 2020, manufacturing employment was 12,784,000. In February 2020, it rose slightly to 12,785,000. Then in March 2020, it dropped to 12,717,000.
In April 2020, manufacturing employment crashed to 11,423,000—a one-month decline of 1,294,000.
Manufacturing employment in the United States peaked in June 1970 at 19,553,000. It hit a post-World-War-II low of 11,453,000 in February and March 2010.
“Manufacturing employment increased by 30,000 in July,” said the BLS employment report. “Employment in durable goods industries rose by 21,000, with job gains in semiconductors and electronic components (+4,000) and miscellaneous durable goods manufacturing (+4,000). Employment in manufacturing is 41,000 above its February 2020 level.”
Reporting from MRC.