Factories Gain 36,000 Jobs in June

The manufacturing sector grew by 36,000 jobs in June, according to the latest employment data from the Labor Department. Over the past year, 285,000 new factory jobs have been created, according to the department.

Said Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul:

"For the fourth consecutive month that steel and aluminum tariffs have been in place, manufacturing has added new jobs. We've seen consistent and impressive job growth in steel consuming industries like fabricated metal products, including 7,000 in June.

"It's time to acknowledge that predictions that the steel tariffs would bring doom and gloom were wildly off-base.

"The long-term benefits to employment and the U.S. economy from leveling the playing field on trade can be secured. But we've got to give this strategy a fighting chance.

"Members of Congress opposed to trade enforcement should let things play out, and back efforts to secure a better deal for American workers."