WASHINGTON (ICIS)--The US chemicals and plastics industries added a combined 3,500 workers in November, the Labor Department said on Friday, marking a 1.3% gain in the industries’ respective workforces since the same month in 2012.
In its monthly jobs report, the department said that the chemicals sector added 2,200 employees in November from October to bring the industry’s total workforce to 795,700.
The sector had seen a smaller but still significant employment growth of 1,600 in October from September.
In November 2012, the chemicals industry workforce numbered 785,700. The sector has added 10,000 employees since then, a workforce expansion of 1.3%.
In the plastics industry, 1,300 new workers were added in November, bringing the sector’s total employment figure to 657,100, the department said.
That gain in employment was stronger than the more modest 600 workforce additions seen in October from September.
Employment growth in the plastics industry also has seen a 1.3% improvement over the last 12 months compared with the November 2012 workforce strength of 648,900.
The gains in employment in both the chemicals and plastics industries were part of an overall solid advance in US jobs growth in November.
For the nation as a whole, some 203,000 jobs were added last month, and the unemployment rate dropped to 7% from the October measure of 7.3%.
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