WASHINGTON D.C. – New job numbers are out. And the good news is, it’s good news. Sort of.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we’re starting 2014 with 113,000 new jobs added in January alone. The bad news is: that’s not enough. And the number is still slipping from year to year. January of 2012 kicked off with more than 350,000 new jobs. Last year it was less than 300k. Now we’re barely above 100.
The good news is that most of the growth has been in manufacturing. And while the overall number has been declining year to year, top bureaucrats say, it’s still a good sign.
“Very strong growth in manufacturing and construction which are key industries,” Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez told reporters. “The average manufacturing worker continues to work over forty-hours a week, I think that’s good.”
The biggest drop has been in federal workers. January alone saw 12,000 fewer government employees. But not necessarily because our leaders are pulling the purse strings tight. According to labor statistics, most of that number comes from the failing U.S. Postal Service.
And how’s this for beating a drum: according to a poll by CNN, six years after leaving office, 44% of Americans still blame the poor economy on George Bush. Looks like some things never change.