US chemicals, plastics producers take on more workers in Feb

08 March 2013 15:50  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS)--US chemicals producers and plastics manufacturers both boosted their labour forces in February, the Labor Department said on Friday, and employment in both industrial sectors is running ahead of year-ago figures.

In its monthly report on the nation’s employment picture, the department said that the chemicals sector added 2,600 workers in February, bringing the industry’s overall workforce to 792,600 compared with January’s level of 790,000.

The plastics industry saw a somewhat smaller boost in jobs, with 1,900 additional workers on payrolls from January, increasing the industry's overall workforce to 652,700.

Compared with February 2012, the US chemicals sector employment level is larger by 10,100 workers, a gain of 1.3% over the 12 months.

In the plastics industry, the workforce has grown by 12,700 compared with February a year ago, a gain of 1.9%.

The chemicals and plastics sectors were among those that contributed to an overall increase in US employment last month, according to the department, with 236,000 new jobs added.

That advance was sufficient to bring the US unemployment rate down to 7.7% from January’s measure of 7.9%.

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