Metals industry jobs up, but pace slows

Apr 08, 2013 | 10:45 AM | Corinna Petry

Tags  metals industry employment, unemployment rate, manufacturing, transportation, motor vehicles, machinery, mining

CHICAGO — Primary metal producers and fabricators both registered employment gains in March compared with the previous month, but results were mixed in a year-on-year comparison.

Producers employed 397,500 people during the month (not seasonally adjusted), adding 2,600 jobs vs. February by shedding 2,400 positions compared with March 2012. Meanwhile, fabricated metal product companies—employing nearly 1.43 million workers in March—added 6,200 jobs month on month and 33,900 positions year on year, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report that pegged the unemployment rate at 7.6 percent....

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