Press Release COVID-19 Economic Crisis and Recovery Jobs United States

Among Blue Collar Jobs, Increased Growth in Mining Bucks the Slowing Trend

December 22, 2020

Contact: Karen Conner, 202-281-4159Mail_Outline

Washington DC — Employment in the blue collar sectors of construction, manufacturing, and mining and logging increased by 55,000 jobs in November. That indicates an overall slowdown when compared to the three-month average from September to November of 86,330 jobs, according to today’s Blue Collar Jobs Tracker.

“The rebound from earlier in the year is slowing to a crawl in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Surprisingly, mining appears to be doing better,” explained CEPR data analyst Matt Sedlar. 

Considering the sectors are 894,000 jobs below where they were 12 months ago, a slowdown in the recovery from March is concerning, though hardly surprising given the state of the pandemic in the US.

In many states the sectors of mining and logging are combined. Mining and logging jobs increased by 1,000 in November, or 0.16 percent over the previous month. That’s in contrast to the last 12 months, when the two sectors saw jobs decrease by 100,000 jobs over the last 12 months. 

November construction jobs increased by 0.37 percent over the previous month. The South remains the region with the largest net increase in jobs, with 25,300 added in November, a 0.88 increase over the previous month. 

Manufacturing jobs increased by 0.22 percent over the previous month. By region, the South yet again saw the largest net increase in jobs, with 12,700 added, or a 0.31 percent rise over the previous month.

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Blue Collar Jobs Tracker is a project of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) created to take a closer look at the path of job growth in four major blue collar industries: manufacturing, mining, construction, and logging. 



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