By Evan Henerson

Donald Trump pledged to bring jobs back to the U.S. Three months into his first term, the Center for Economic and Policy Research has devised a way of charting the outcome of the president’s promise.

Every month, following the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment numbers, CEPR updates its Blue Collar jobs Tracker (BCJT) to chart the state-by-state growth (or loss) of jobs in “goods-producing” areas of manufacturing, mining, construction and logging. Site visitors can click on their state to gauge changes month by month and consult a graph that speficially follows the Rust Belt States. 

A survey through recent CEPR posts since the launch of the BCJT reveals that after substantial gains in construction jobs in January and February (88,000), 6,000 jobs were added in March and April. Manufacturing saw an increase of 6,000 jobs in April following job gains of 22,000 in February and 13,000 in March. 

Another post lists the states with the highest and lowest concentration of blue collar jobs. At the time of the survey, Indiana led the way with 21.4% of the workforce “employed in goods-producing industries” and with manufacturing comprising 17% of all jobs in the state. 

The state with the lowest percentage of blue-collar jobs is Hawaii where blue-collar jobs make up 8% of the total workforce. 

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