Manufacturing industry adds 27,000 jobs in November

The manufacturing industry added 27,000 jobs in November.

According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics November jobs report, the manufacturing industry added 27,000 jobs in November. Along with an increase in manufacturing jobs, the report went on to say that overall unemployment for the U.S. decreased.

The manufacturing sector has seen a healthy amount of job growth throughout the entire year. With the November additions, the U.S. has added a total of 63,000 manufacturing jobs in 2013. A statement from the Alliance for American Manufacturing stated this is the first time since April 2009 that the total amount of manufacturing jobs has been more than 12 million. President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing Scott Paul said in a statement this is a great step forward, but urges caution.

"We finally have something to cheer about in manufacturing: 27,000 jobs added in November," Paul said. "It's only one month and progress is not guaranteed, but smart public policies can boost this momentum."

USA Today reported the November job growth is the largest monthly increase in jobs since March 2012. The report stated the food manufacturing and motor vehicle and parts sector saw gains of 8,000 and 7,000 jobs, respectively.

Innovative workers and technology
Paul expressed that innovations in the industry are providing new job opportunities and new skill sets are creating a more skilled worker.

"Investing in infrastructure and innovation, training a new generation of skilled workers, cutting our massive trade deficit, and improving prospects for the long-term unemployed should all move to the top of the agenda in Washington," he said.

U.S. unemployment decreases
Along with the addition of new manufacturing jobs, unemployment took a dive showing that the economy is on the upswing. The report stated the unemployment rate fell from 7.3 percent in October to 7 percent in November - the lowest rate in 5 years.

Government employees back to work
USA Today reported the increased unemployment rate in October is partially due to the brief government shutdown. During the 16-day shutdown, the government furloughed approximately 450,000 workers, but many of those employees have now gone back to work. 
IHS Global Insight Director of Consumer Economics Chris G. Christopher Jr., said in an interview that the work stoppage caused by the shutdown is behind us and the economy is on the upswing.

"The memory of the government shutdown has faded," Christopher told The Washington Post. "Most Americans seem to be looking ahead with renewed optimism."