AAM Statement: Factories Added 38,000 New Jobs in March

Washington, D.C. – Manufacturing gained 38,000 jobs in March, according to new figures released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Durable goods industries in particular saw big growth, adding 22,000 jobs.

Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul said:

“Factory job growth has been a real bright spot in this economy.

“A healthy 38,000 manufacturing jobs were added in March, continuing a good run in which we’ve gained 389,000 factory jobs over the past 12 months. There’s good reason to believe this boom can be sustained, as the JOLTS report showed 808,000 openings in manufacturing in February.

“Some of this future growth will depend upon the policy and regulatory environment. That’s why it is so important for Congress to get jobs, competitiveness, and innovation legislation over the finish line. We’re calling on lawmakers to finish their work swiftly, and to do so in a way that strengthens our trade enforcement mechanisms.”