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Millions of manufacturing jobs disappeared during the last decade. But America is primed to rebound.


More than 6 million U.S. manufacturing jobs vanished between 1998 and 2010. These middle-class jobs provided workers with a good way of life and, with their loss, entire communities have been devastated. And while the broader economy is showing signs of recovery, manufacturing continues to struggle. President Obama set a goal of creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs during his second term, but progress has been slow. To get there, America needs a robust manufacturing strategy – one that includes strong trade enforcement, investments in American workers and our public infrastructure, and a plan to stop currency manipulation. On a level playing field, American workers can compete with anyone. Will we give them one?

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The Manufacturing Jobs Report

During the 2012 presidential campaign, President Obama set a goal of creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term. Here, we track the monthly progress of U.S. manufacturing job growth.

American Manufacturing Jobs Meter

The President's Goal

1 million manufacturing jobs created by Jan. 2017

218000 of 1 million manufacturing jobs

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Number of Jobs Year by Year: 2013 2014 All Time

30,076 Jobs must be created monthly to reach the President's goal

782,000 Jobs still needed by Jan. 2017

The Department of Labor reported this morning that America's manufacturing...

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