Washington, D.C. — The U.S. manufacturing sector lost 6,000 factory jobs in March, mainly driven by employment losses in motor vehicles and parts. This follows a small gain of 1,000 jobs in February.
"The disappointing manufacturing jobs number for March tells an all-too-familiar tale for factory workers: Plant closings have devastating impacts," said Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul. "The General Motors shutdown will continue to have a ripple effect throughout impacted communities and suppliers, in addition to the thousands of autoworker families facing uncertain futures. There are some things the president and Congress can do right now to brighten the days ahead for manufacturing: Conclude a meaningful China trade deal; pass a robust infrastructure plan to rebuild America with our own workers, iron, and steel; and enhance skills training and apprenticeship opportunities for the makers of the future.”