The United States gained 36,000 manufacturing jobs in the month of August and has gained 137,000 this year and 155,000 since November of last year, when the nation held a presidential election, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

With these gains, employment in manufacturing reached a level not seen since January 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated president.

“Manufacturing employment rose by 36,000 in August,” said the BLS. “Job gains occurred in motor vehicles and parts (+14,000), fabricated metal products (+5,000), and computer and electronic products (+4,000. Manufacturing has added 155,000 jobs since a recent employment low in November 2016.”

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