Metals jobs rise, but overall growth slows

Jun 04, 2012 | 11:06 AM | Corinna Petry

Tags  manufacturing, metals, mining, employment, Alan Tonelson, Nigel Gault, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Mines, metals producers and fabricators all added jobs during May, helping to boost the nation’s manufacturing employment base by 0.5 percent from April, according to not-seasonally-adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, overall U.S. job numbers were markedly weaker.

Primary metals producers added 3,700 workers to their payrolls in May compared with April, and the industry has boosted the ranks of employment by 21,100 over the past 12 months. Metal fabricators hired 9,400 people in the same comparison, and put 59,400 people to work over the past year. And mining companies not involved in the oil and gas sector....

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