New jobs, yes – just not as many as promised

Thursday, July 14, 2016
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

manufacturing unionsIt appears a campaign promise to create one-million new manufacturing jobs won't become reality, although that's not to say jobs have not been created. The question is: where are those manufacturing jobs?

During his 2012 campaign for re-election, President Obama promised one-million new manufacturing jobs by the end of his second term. One of the groups tracking job creation in that sector is the Alliance for American Manufacturing. Taking the June jobs report into consideration, AAM says 333,000 manufacturing jobs – one-third of that promised by Obama – have been created.

"In the auto sector, we've seen a fair number of jobs added because people are buying pickup trucks and SUVs," says AAM president Scott Paul. "That's one of the advantages of lower gas prices, of lower interest rates, a lot of folks' cars were getting up there in age (and) that obviously creates jobs back on the factory floor."

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One of the other categories that AAM saw growth in was things people consume. "[They are] what you would call a non-durable good," Paul explains. "Things like food manufacturing and in some plastics and other things like that you saw some growth."

According to Paul, manufacturing has been struggling in industries that are heavily involved in the global marketplace, to include products like steel, heavy equipment and machinery. "Those have been real challenges," he adds.

To reach the level of manufacturing jobs creation promised by the president four years ago, roughly 100,000 jobs must be created each month before he leaves office.

AAM representatives plan to attend the Republican and Democratic Party conventions and share their thoughts with lawmakers and candidates on how American manufacturing can improve.

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