The National Association of Manufacturers reported Friday that manufacturing jobs fell in May and June, the worst monthly loss in nearly two years.
The jobs report comes as Trump has made job cuts and vows to pull out of the Paris climate accord.
The manufacturing sector has struggled to find new workers amid the recession and the global economic downturn, and has struggled in recent years to find workers in sectors that need them the most.
In June, manufacturing employment fell by 8,000 jobs, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
That’s down from the previous two months.
Manufacturers have struggled to fill the jobs gaps created by a number of factors, including the withdrawal of thousands of workers from the manufacturing sector in recent months, and the expiration of a trade agreement that has allowed the United States to shift production overseas.
The unemployment rate for manufacturing workers fell to 5.8 percent in May from 5.9 percent in April, according the report.
The industry has struggled with a variety of challenges, including a declining labor force participation rate and a slowdown in new technology.
The report said that while the industry remains in good shape, the country faces challenges in many areas.
In particular, the manufacturing industry is struggling with the impact of the U.S. election and the recent global economic slowdown, the report said.
The Manufacturing Institute, a trade association, said manufacturing jobs are the most important sectors for the nation and are one of the few that have increased in the past five years.
It said manufacturing companies are finding it harder to attract workers as the U, S. and global economies face a “tipping point” in the labor market.
Manufacturing jobs have been declining for several years, and economists have attributed the slowdown to the impact on workers’ paychecks of the Great Recession.
In recent months the U-S.
economy has shed nearly 500,000 manufacturing jobs, or about 3.7 percent, the industry’s biggest annual drop in history.
The institute said manufacturing firms have been hiring in greater numbers than they were in the early 2000s, and that the industry is now on track to create almost 4 million new jobs in 2021.
The United States lost more than 1 million manufacturing jobs between January and June this year, according a Bloomberg survey of business and labor market analysts.
The decline is largely due to a drop in workers moving to other sectors, the survey showed.
The number of manufacturing jobs dropped to a near-record low of 4.3 million in May, down from 5 million in June, according an Associated Press survey of U.K. employers.