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.

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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February 7, 2014: "We believe better public policies would bring about a real resurgence: That would mean balancing our trade in goods, investing in infrastructure and training, combating currency manipulation overseas, and boosting innovation. And even though manufacturing may be one of the brighter spots in this jobs report, we’re still well below the pace needed to achieve the president’s goal of adding one million such jobs in his second term."
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January 10, 2014 “Talk of a manufacturing resurgence is very premature. The last two years were very weak for manufacturing employment, and 2014 won’t be much better unless Congress and the administration get their collective acts together. Now that the Federal Reserve had signaled a 'tapering' of its monetary stimulus, a jobs plan must be priority number one. That means public investment in infrastructure, research, and worker training; a focus on cutting the trade deficit by passing currency reform legislation; and enacting a manufacturing plan along the lines of what Senate Democrats have proposed.”
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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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