October 18, 2013: A jobs report! On Tuesday!

Posted by mmcmullan on 10/18/2013

Good morning,

Now that the government shutdown and threat of default are temporarily shelved, the government is slowly turning all the lights back on. Tax auditors are back to auditing, park rangers are back to giving tourists directions, and the National Zoo’s panda cam has been fired back up.

But a return to panda voyeurism normalcy isn’t the only thing the end to the political crisis has bestowed on us. Because guess who will finally release September’s jobs report on this coming Tuesday?

No ... not the baby panda. The baby panda doesn’t have the schoolin’ for that. But the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does!

Yes. The BLS, an arm of the Department of Labor deemed nonessential during the shutdown, is staffed again and has a big ol’ bag of data to share with us next week. Without the closely watched monthly report from BLS, America was unable to gauge the health of its labor market. And even worse, without the regularly scheduled data, one of the few days Washington could be counted on to talk about job creation simply evaporated into the shutdown news cycle.

Not cool. Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul put it thusly in a Huffington Post opinion on Wednesday: “It's not acceptable to simply shrug off the stories of millions of struggling Americans who have no voice in the current debate.” That said, we think the BLS jobs report could stand a little augmenting. So we’re issuing our own, and we need your help to do it. Have you – or your friends, family, or neighbors – started looking for work recently? Have you stopped? Send in the jobs report from your town to info [at] aamfg [dot] org, tweet it to us at @keepitmadeinUSA, or contact us via Facebook. And read the ever-updating report right here.

Elsewhere around the web:

China and Japan, two countries that respectively hold $1.28 trillion and $1.14 trillion worth of U.S. currency in reserve, worry that another big debt-limit blowup could roil Washington again soon. Wayne Arnold and Leika Kihara report for Reuters:

There are no bond markets large enough to give China and Japan an alternative to U.S. Treasuries for the dollars they accumulate selling exports. So the prospect of another U.S. default drama next year is likely to lend new urgency to China's preferred solution: conducting less trade in dollars and more in renminbi.

High-tech processes. That’s what Rochester, New York manufacturers are using to sustain jobs and attract new businesses, writes Bennett J. Loudon for the Democrat and Chronicle. And the proof is in the pudding:

A peek inside one of those operations would likely surprise most visitors with the modern facilities, advanced tools and skilled workers doing work for the defense, automotive and medical devices industries.

AAM field coordinator Mark Musho stopped by BCTV in Reading, Pennsylvania to talk about our favorite subject: American manufacturing. Catch Musho and the whole discussion on the Workers in Berks news program right here.

A jobs report is coming Tuesday, but we need your help to make it whole.

AAM is asking its supporters across the nation to send in a jobs report as they see it from their communities. We’ve gotten some illuminating responses so far, and we want to hear more.

A late jobs report? No problem. Help us tell the jobs story by sending in the jobs report from your town to info [at] aamfg [dot] org, tweeting it to us at @keepitmadeinUSA, or contacting us via Facebook. And read the report right here.

Happy Friday, America! Have a good weekend.


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