Manufacturing sector adds 50,000 jobs in January: AAM Statement

The latest monthly jobs figures were released this morning and show that the U.S. manufacturing sector gained 50,000 jobs in January 2012.  The most recent months where manufacturing gained roughly 50,000 or more jobs were:

  • January 2011: 49,000
  • August 1998: 142,000

Scott Paul, Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), commented on the latest jobs numbers:

"The 50,000 manufacturing jobs added in January is impressive. January recorded the highest monthly gain in factory jobs since August 1998. The surge in job growth is a clear sign that American manufacturing can be competitive globally. I believe it is possible to keep this momentum going. President Obama is right to focus on an array of policies to boost domestic manufacturing jobs, and we need Congress to act. There is still a long way to go to get manufacturing jobs and output above pre-recession levels."