17,000 manufacturing jobs were added in March. That’s down from 33,000 created in February.
At the March manufacturing job creation rate, it will take 24 years to restore manufacturing employment to 2000 levels. (See this link, and chart below).
Said Scott Paul, Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing:
“The good news is that manufacturing once again gained jobs. The bad news is that it isn’t enough. This modest growth in factory employment is completely inadequate. We’re still waiting for Congress to pass even a single measure that will substantially increase manufacturing jobs. With the economy at the top of mind for most voters, Washington is still barking up the wrong tree.”
Alliance for American Manufacturing