According to the latest employment data from the Labor Department, the manufacturing sector grew by 18,000 jobs in May. Nearly 185,000 new factory jobs have been created since October. For example, U.S. Steel recently announced it was restarting the second of two blast furnaces at its Granite City Works in Illinois. The company will hire around 300 new employees for the restart.

Hitchiner Manufacturing Co. Inc., meanwhile, plans to create around 85 new jobs for its $50 million expansion of its New Hampshire operations. The company produces investment castings for the aerospace and defense industries. Back in March, Republic Steel announced plans to restart its Lorain, Ohio, facility, which could result in the company bringing back over 1,000 jobs. And in April, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. held a groundbreaking event to celebrate the construction of its first hot-briquetted iron (HBI) production plant, which will generate a total of 130 new jobs in Toledo, Ohio.  

"Another 18,000 jobs is a healthy number for the manufacturing sector, and that’s in no small part thanks to the tariffs on steel and aluminum beginning to bear fruit,” said Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul. “We’ve seen jobs in Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky and Ohio since they were first announced.”