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adds 25,000 jobs in
December, but furniture
industry posts loss
The United States added 25,000
manufacturing jobs in December
of 2017, primarily in the durable
goods sector, according to the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Companies making durable
goods, which primarily includes
machinery, fabricated metal products, and furniture added 21,000
jobs to their payrolls by the end
of the month. The only durable
goods category posting a job loss
was furniture, which was down 700
2017 was a very strong year
for manufacturing employment,
with 196,000 jobs being added - of
which 130,000 were in the durable
goods industries. The number is a
vast improvement over 2016, which
saw a loss of 16,000 jobs.
Manufacturing totaled 12. 5 million jobs on a seasonally adjusted
basis in December, said the Bureau. That’s up from 12. 3 million
in December 2016.
In 2015 and 2016, aerospace
and the auto industry were the
strongest job performers in
manufacturing. During 2017, other
industries picked up the pace of
Formaldehyde Rule court date postponed
The court hearing challenging EPA’s authority to extend the Formaldehyde Rule compliance deadlines has been postponed until Jan. 26.