While everyone else was over the moon about June’s jobs numbers—222,000 was the number reported—manufacturers weren’t exactly celebrating. American domestic manufacturing created 1,000 net new jobs in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What that puny number says to the manufacturing economy is that there aren’t many new jobs out there.
This comes at a time when the Trump administration and the American people who care about manufacturing are screaming for reshoring of production so U.S. workers can return to the workforce. However, it sounds like that even if these big companies actually do start bringing back their production to the United States, it might not produce the job creation that everyone expects.
American manufacturers are resourceful. When many of the big OEMs took production offshore, leaving behind a large supplier base, they saw the handwriting on the wall and began automating and implementing other technologies to reduce production time and costs and improve quality. Given that, just how many jobs might companies bringing back manufacturing really create? That’s an unknown.