Manufacturing Adds 17,000 Jobs in March, Unemployment at 8.8 Percent

By April 1, 2011Economy

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Employment Situation for March:

Nonfarm payroll employment increased by 216,000 in March, and the unemployment rate was little changed at 8.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job gains occurred in professional and business services, health care, leisure and hospitality, and mining. Employment in manufacturing continued to trend up….

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 216,000 in March. Job gains occurred in several service-providing industries and in mining, and manufacturing employment continued to trend up. Since a recent low in February 2010, total payroll employment has grown by 1.5 million. (See table B-1.)…

Manufacturing employment continued to trend up in March (+17,000). Job gains were concentrated in two durable goods industries–fabricated metal products (+8,000) and machinery (+5,000). Employment in durable goods manufacturing has risen by 243,000 since its most recent low in December 2009.

According to table B-1, the largest gain in manufacturing sectors came in fabricated metals, up 8,200 jobs and motor vehicle and parts, up 6,100 jobs.

Manufacturing employment in electrical equipment and appliances fell 1,900 jobs.

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