primary metal producers added 3,700 jobs last month, while
employment in the fabricated metal products sector rose by
3,800 workers, according to nonseasonally adjusted data from
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
employment was up 0.9 percent compared with the previous month,
while metal fabricators employment increased 0.3 percent
in the same comparison.
which added 89,000 jobs over the past 12 months, added just
4,000 jobs in December, slowed by losses in seasonal
construction work as well as in the clerical, health care and
Mining (excluding oil
and gas) employment fell 1.7 percent (3,800 jobs) in December,
but that may be seasonal as the payroll base was about level
with that of December 2012. Employment in motor vehicles and
parts manufacturing improved 0.2 percent (1,700 jobs), while
employment in transportation equipment rose 0.5 percent (7,400
unemployment rate in December was put at 6.7 percent, down from
7 percent in November, with long-term unemployment declining by
894,000 over the past year.
"Nearly one year into
President Obamas second term, his stated goal of creating
1 million new manufacturing jobs by 2017 has become more
elusive than ever," Scott Paul, president of the
Washington-based Alliance for American Manufacturing, said.
"Talk of a manufacturing resurgence is very premature. The last
two years were very weak for manufacturing employment, and 2014
wont be much better unless Congress and the
administration get their collective acts together."
"A relatively good
manufacturing job creation performance in December and upward
revisions for November and October dont change the
sectors overall humdrum big picture for employment," Alan
Tonelson, research fellow at the U.S. Business and Industry
sector has regained less than one-quarter of the nearly 2.29
million jobs it lost during the recession, he said. "No
structural domestic manufacturing renaissance is in sight."