The U.S. manufacturing sector gained 2,000 jobs in September, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Employment in the manufacturing sector rose to 11,963,000 jobs in September on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the bureau's September jobs report, which was delayed two weeks due to the government shutdown.
For the year, the sector has gained approximately 12,000 jobs.
The Alliance for American Manufacturing sees the numbers as evidence that lawmakers need to promulgate pro-manufacturing policies to stimulate more robust growth.
"In manufacturing, we've been treading water for nearly 18 months now. Yet no one in Washington seems to care," said Scott Paul, president of the alliance.
"The September jobs report shows that private-sector job growth, and manufacturing in particular, is too weak to put the U.S. on a sound fiscal footing or to get the middle class back on track. It's time for Congress to stop manufacturing crises and deal with our real manufacturing crisis."
Total nonfarm payroll employment, including manufacturing, rose by 148,000 jobs in September on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the BLS.
Highlights included the constructor sector, which added 20,000 jobs in September.
Construction aside, the September jobs report offers little cause for celebration, asserts Cliff Waldman, council director and senior economist for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.
"Job growth, modest as it is, appears to be decelerating," Waldman said in a blog post
. "Net gains in nonfarm payroll employment slowed significantly from 193,000 in August to a disappointing 148,000 in September. Average quarterly job growth has moderated consistently this year from 207,000 in the first quarter to 182,000 in the second quarter and 143,000 in the third.
"This is not exactly welcome news when the U.S. labor market is still about 1.8 million jobs shy of the January 2008 peak for nonfarm employment."