US metal jobs suffer slight fall in Dec.

Jan 07, 2013 | 02:32 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  metals production, metals fabrication, employment figures, Scott Paul, Alliance for American Manufacturing, Nigel Gault, IHS Global Insight, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — U.S. metal producers and fabricators both saw employment decline slightly in December compared with the previous month.

Production plants reduced their head count by 600 during the month, which followed a loss of 1,900 jobs in November, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Fabrication shops reduced their work force by 2,300 in December after hiring 100 workers in November.

The manufacturing sector as a whole hired 15,000 people last month (not seasonally adjusted) after reducing the head count by 35,000 in November.....

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