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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

321000 of 1 million manufacturing jobs

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Number of Jobs Year by Year: 2013 2014 2015 2016 All Time

169750 Jobs must be created monthly to reach the President's goal

679000 Jobs still needed by Jan. 2017

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