U.S. manufacturing jobs spiked in 2018

    FILE - In this Tuesday, June 15, 2010, file photo, workers at General Motors' Lordstown Assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, put the final touches on Chevy Cobalts. One of the last industrial anchors in what was once the heart of manufacturing in Ohio is now on life support after General Motors announced Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, it will stop small-car production at its Lordstown assembly plant and consider closing it for good. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

    WASHINGTON - Better than expected. That was the takeaway from the January jobs report.

    That spike, expected when looking at jobs in the retail sector during the holiday season.

    But one surprise for analysts?

    The largest annual growth in the manufacturing sector in more than two decadesThe economy adding 284,000 manufacturing jobs between 2017 and 2018.

    “President Trump has made manufacturing a priority. He wants to see America return to manufacturing. These are great jobs. They pay well. They should be here in the United States," said Alexander Acosta, the U.S Labor Secretary in an interview last week.

    He credits fewer regulations, what he calls a booming economy and one of President Trump’s signature legislative achievements for the boost.

    "The Tax Cut and Jobs Act cut taxes and gave an incentive for those companies to place those jobs right here in the U.S."

    The news of course welcome nationwide...but it came just a few weeks after another announcement - that General Motors would be slashing about 14,000 jobs, and shuttering factories in places like Michigan, Maryland and Ohio.

    "Those jobs defined us for a generation," said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio.

    Congressman Tim Ryan represents Lordstown, Ohio where one of those plants is located, and says the ripple effect of other nearby businesses closing has already started...as well as what he calls American family separation

    "The main breadwinner has to go to Flint Michigan to work or to Tennessee or to Texas and in many instances they’re leaving their family behind.

    In the manufacturing sector overall...good news and great numbers... Clouded a bit in areas where the boom feels more like a bust.

    Another bright spot for the trump administration has been unemployment for African American workers, falling to under 6% for the first time in 45 years.

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