Washington, D.C. – Factories gained 15,000 jobs in June, according to new figures released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Furniture and related parts gained 9,000 jobs, while fabricated metals saw 6,000 new jobs and primary metals saw 3,000 new jobs. Motor vehicles and parts, meanwhile, lost 12,000 jobs.
The overall sector remains down 481,000 jobs since February 2020.
Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul said:
“It is clear the United States will require sustained public investment in our infrastructure and industries to boost factory employment to pre-pandemic levels and beyond. Our trade enforcers must also closely watch trade cheating and import surges as other countries seek to exploit the relative strength of the U.S. consumer market.”
ICYMI: Scott Paul also commented on the passage of the INVEST in America Act on Thursday, which would provide $715 billion for infrastructure projects, including roads, bridges, rail, transit, and drinking water and wastewater systems. He also shared his thoughts on the Federal Trade Commission’s efforts to strengthen Made in USA labeling enforcement.