Washington, D.C. – Factories gained 37,000 jobs in August, according to new figures released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Gains were mostly seen in motor vehicles and parts, which added 24,000 jobs. The overall economy saw 235,000 new jobs, below expectations, as sectors like retail and restaurants reported losses of 29,000 and 42,000 jobs, respectively.
Manufacturing remains down 378,000 jobs since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in February 2020.
Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul said:
“Manufacturing added 37,000 jobs in August, contributing an outsized share to the employment recovery.
“We can accelerate factory jobs momentum by getting robust infrastructure investment across the finish line and taking steps to reshore critical supply chains for semiconductors, clean energy, and national security goods. While the manufacturing sector still hasn’t recovered all of the jobs it lost during the pandemic-induced recession, I’m optimistic we can do that.”