12,934,000: Manufacturing Jobs Hit 14-Year High

(CNSNews.com) – There were 12,934,000 people employed in the U.S. manufacturing sector in December 2022, which is more than in any month since November 2008, when there were 13,034,000 people in this country employed in manufacturing.

In November, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 12,926,000 people employed in manufacturing in the United States. In December, that increased by 8,000 to the 14-year high of 12,934,000.

Manufacturing employment in the United States hit an all-time high of 19,553,000 in June 1979, according to BLS.  Since then, manufacturing jobs have dropped by 6,619,000—or 34 percent—to the current level of 12,934,000.

The BLS has published the number of manufacturing jobs in the United States going back to January 1939. That month, there were 9,077,000 manufacturing jobs in this country.

Manufacturing employment first exceeded the current level of 12,934,000 in January 1942, when it hit 12,965,000. In the next month, February 1942, it climbed to 13,127,000.


When World War II ended in September 1945, manufacturing employment in the United States dropped from 14,201,000 to 12,486,000. In February 1946, it hit a low of 11,922,000 but then started climbing again, hitting 12,545,000 in March 1946 and 13,200,000 in April 1946.

Since November 2008, manufacturing employment in the United States has never exceeded 13 million.


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