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.

August 1, 2014: "Manufacturing punched above its weight in July, showing a rebound in the sector is possible. But we still have a long way to go. While the private sector has recovered all the jobs lost during the Great Recession, manufacturing is only 30 percent of the way back..."

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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.

@KeepitMadeinUSA on Twitter

  • The U.S. is competing without a manufacturing strategy, and the trade numbers show we’re getting our butts kicked. http://t.co/mtxfMmXMkq 16 hours 45 min ago
  • So much for that "rising star" thing. http://t.co/mtxfMmXMkq 17 hours 30 min ago
  • What made @papergirlmacy cry while working on the book Factory Man? @NewsHour has the answer: http://t.co/R56dMJNgeF 18 hours 26 min ago
  • Love this! College's new mobile manufacturing training lab provides on-demand training in advanced manufacturing: http://t.co/hGsSIwqgKa 19 hours 31 min ago
  • "We were going to compete, and remain an American manufacturer, and from that time on, we never looked back." http://t.co/3PuYpsFqT9 20 hours 16 min ago
  • More buzz for Factory Man, this time from @NewsHour. "It’s the largest employer in town. But it wasn’t & isn’t easy." http://t.co/3PuYpsFqT9 21 hours 7 min ago
  • @RossiMachServ How wonderful! We'd love that. 21 hours 10 min ago
  • The U.S. might be a "rising star" in manufacturing, but there's still a lot of work left: http://t.co/b6c8JbKyEX 1 day 14 hours ago
  • If the United States wants to maintain its "rising star" manufacturing status, it must do a few key things: http://t.co/yVBTFyywYF 1 day 17 hours ago
  • That's right: the U.S. is a "rising star" in manufacturing. But there's more to do to increase our competitiveness: http://t.co/yVBTFyywYF 1 day 18 hours ago