67,161 less U.S. factories since 1997

by Bud Meyers, published May 9, 2015

  • At the end of 1997 we had 406,567 manufacturing establishments of all sizes.
  • Just since the first quarter of 2001 the U.S. saw 59,431 factories closed.
  • In the 3rd quarter of 2014 we had 339,406 manufacturing establishments of all sizes. That’s 67,161 less than we had in 1997.
  • In April 1979 the U.S. had 19.4 million workers in manufacturing (This was the year union membership peaked.)
  • In April 2000 the U.S. had 17.3 million workers in manufacturing (This was the year Clinton gave PNTR to China. It should also be noted that in April 2000 was also when the labor force participation rate in the U.S. had hit its historical all-time high.)
  • In April 2015 the U.S. had 12.3 million workers in manufacturing. (Now Obama is pitching TPP for Nike.)

More info here:
http://www.bls.gov/cew/
http://www.bls.gov/cew/data.htm
http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag31-33.htm
http://data.bls.gov/pdq/querytool.jsp?survey=ew
http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/CES3000000001?data_tool=XGtable 
http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/ENUUS00020531-33?data_tool=XGtable 

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