05 April 2013 17:32 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS)--The US plastics and rubber sector added 1,200 jobs in March, the Labor Department said on Friday, while the chemicals industry workforce was unchanged in the month.
In addition, the plastics and rubber industry labour force in March was 10,700 positions higher than in the same month last year, representing a growth rate of about 1.7% for the 12-month period.
While there was no significant movement in the chemicals industry workforce, holding steady in March at 792,600 employees, the sector’s labour complement is up by 8,200 workers compared with the same month of 2012, a gain of about 1%.
The data on chemical and plastics sector employment was part of the department’s overall report on US employment, which showed a disappointing gain of only 88,000 jobs nationwide in March.
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