The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Jobs Tracker

Posted by admin on 02/01/2013
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During the 2012 presidential campaign, President Obama set a goal of creating 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term. On Feb. 1, 2013, the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) started tracking the monthly progress of U.S. manufacturing job growth during the president’s second term with its new #AAMeter.

By using monthly jobs report data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), AAM is able to keep a running tally of how the president is doing in accomplishing his goal, which would require an average monthly increase of 20,833 manufacturing jobs, over the course of 48 months.

July 3, 2014: "It’s all about public policy. Our growing trade deficit with China, currency manipulation by overseas competitors, and a paucity of investment in infrastructure are leaving factory jobs at a virtual standstill. President Obama’s vision of creating 1 million new manufacturing job during his second term is way off track. With the right policies from this administration and Congress, it’s entirely possible to grow manufacturing employment."

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June 6, 2014: "Though the economy has finally recovered the number of jobs lost during the recession, the manufacturing sector hasn't made it even one-third of the way back. Manufacturing added only 10,000 jobs in May, far below the pace needed to show a true recovery."

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May 2, 2014: "This was a surprisingly weak manufacturing jobs number for April. In an economy that added 288,000 jobs, manufacturing saw only 12,000 of those. The weather-related spring surge just didn’t happen for the manufacturing sector.

"It’s past time to address some of the challenges facing job creation. We need new investments in infrastructure and a plan to lower the trade deficit in manufactured goods. Without smart policy, a real resurgence in American manufacturing isn’t likely to happen anytime soon."

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April 4, 2014: "It's not the robots nor the weather. There are still more manufacturing jobs leaving the U.S. than coming back. It doesn’t have to be this way. Lowering the trade deficit, investing in infrastructure, and boosting worker training could help to get us back on track."

t's not the robots nor the weather. There are still more manufacturing jobs leaving the U.S. than coming back. It doesn’t have to be this way. Lowering the trade deficit, investing in infrastructure, and boosting worker training could help to get us back on track.

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March 7, 2014: "Voters want a jobs agenda: Investing in job training and community colleges will provide more career pathways; Investing in infrastructure and slashing the trade deficit to dramatically expand the opportunities available to all. But Congress still seems tone deaf.
"With the final revisions in, 2013 was the weakest year for hiring in manufacturing since the end of the recession. That's not a resurgence."
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*NOTE: BLS data can face up to two subsequent months of adjustments, and AAM will make note of potential revisions to the launching point data from January 2013 as it continually updates its Jobs Tracker.

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