The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Jobs Tracker
During the 2012 presidential campaign, President Obama set a goal of creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term. On Feb. 1, 2013, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) started tracking the monthly progress of U.S. manufacturing job growth during the president’s second term with its new #AAMeter.
By using monthly jobs report data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), AAM is able to keep a running tally of how the president is doing in accomplishing his goal, which would require an average monthly increase of 20,833 manufacturing jobs.
May 3, 2013: "The latest jobs report shows that we are a long way from a true resurgence in American manufacturing. We strongly believe that we won't see real growth in manufacturing jobs without the right policies from Washington, DC," said AAM President Scott Paul. "We're falling further behind the pace needed to add 1 million manufacturing jobs in President Obama's second term, yet no one in Washington seems very serious about a jobs agenda. That must change."
April 5, 2013: "Manufacturing lost 3,000 jobs in March, and employment in the industry has changed very little in the last 11 months," said AAM President Scott Paul. "I believe we can see a resurgence in manufacturing job growth, but only with the right public policies. The myopic focus of Congress on our fiscal position is backfiring already. The focus must be on jobs. We have a plan to create those jobs -- Congress would be well-advised to act on it."
March 8, 2013: "Washington needs to focus on a jobs plan," said AAM President Scott Paul. "It's great to see the unemployment rate come down and to see the private sector add so many jobs in February. But I'm concerned that manufacturing is lagging behind, despite all the lip service given to its resurgence. Smart public policies to support private sector job growth, particularly in manufacturing, can change this, but not if Washington isn't focused on a jobs plan."
*NOTE: BLS data can face up to two subsequent months of adjustments, and AAM will make note of potential revisions to the launching point data from January 2013 as it continually updates its Jobs Tracker.