AAM Statement: Factories Add 29,000 Jobs in June; Manufacturing Employment is Back to Pre-Pandemic Levels

Washington, D.C. – The manufacturing sector added 29,000 jobs in June, according to new data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), returning to employment levels last seen in February 2020. 

Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul said:

“Two of the bright spots in the economy have been the steady growth in manufacturing jobs and new major plant announcements. June continued that trend. The factory sector has now recovered all of the jobs shed during the pandemic-induced recession, making this a unicorn recovery. Manufacturing jobs have never bounced back from a recession this well.

“But some obstacles stand in the way of future growth. It would be shortsighted to remove tariffs on imports from China — Beijing hasn’t earned relief, reshoring could pause, and even retailers acknowledge consumers wouldn’t see lower prices. And Congress should not allow competitiveness legislation to stall. The rest of the world is moving ahead to bolster supply chains. We can’t afford to get left behind.”