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Job growth during the Trump administration

  • Jobs that have grown the most during the Trump administration

    On the 2016 presidential campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump promised to bring back the country's manufacturing sector. He campaigned on tough trade policies to help U.S. workers, promising voters that workers in car plants would return to their jobs under his administration.

    The president has also repeatedly proposed “Infrastructure Weeks” to revive the highways and bridges Americans use every day. With signs of “Trump Digs Coal” at his rallies, the president has repeatedly said his administration is putting coal miners back to work after years of anti-mining policies. So, more than two years into Trump's presidency, how has the outlook for U.S. jobs changed? Which jobs have experienced the most growth under President Trump?

    Stacker analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to answer these questions and dig into why specific sectors are experiencing job growth, recent news related to various sectors, and relevant laws and regulations recently passed. American jobs were ranked by the highest percentage of job growth between December 2016 and January 2019. Growth starts with the lowest—at 5%—and continues along to the highest, a whopping 39.9% growth over two years.

    Read on to see how jobs are being affected by the Trump administration, how courier and messenger work compares to in-home health care providers, and how temporary workers stack up against specialty construction jobs.


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  • #41. Management of companies and enterprises

    - Job growth: 5.3%
    - Super sector: professional and business services
    - December 2016: 2.3 million jobs
    - January 2019: 2.4 million jobs

    People working in management jobs oversee the daily work of companies, making short- and long-term decisions about how the company will respond to the market. The leading type of job in the group is accounting and auditing.

  • #40. Temporary help services

    - Job growth: 5.3%
    - Super sector: professional and business services
    - December 2016: 2.9 million jobs
    - January 2019: 3.1 million jobs

    Temporary help services is a category made up largely of contract workers, who are increasingly used by companies to cut costs. The rise of the “gig economy” has driven more people to take on these kinds of jobs, some even full time. Advancing technology that allows more people to telecommute to work is one factor driving this industry's growth.

  • #39. Air transportation

    - Job growth: 5.3%
    - Super sector: transportation and warehousing
    - December 2016: 483,600 jobs
    - January 2019: 509,300 jobs

    Air transportation jobs can include pilots who fly passengers and cargo, as well as ground operations staff and cabin crew. The industry is expected to grow as air travel becomes more accessible and routine for Americans.

  • #38. Metal ore mining

    - Job growth: 5.4%
    - Super sector: mining and logging
    - December 2016: 39,000 jobs
    - January 2019: 41,100 jobs

    Metal ore is a condensed ball of minerals, which requires a different type of mining than petroleum. These types of mining jobs have grown as the Trump administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have rolled back regulations on mining processes and locations.

  • #37. Emergency and other relief services

    - Job growth: 5.5%
    - Super sector: education and health services
    - December 2016: 165,400 jobs
    - January 2019: 174,500 jobs

    Emergency relief services is a category that includes first responders, firefighters, and those who provide emergency medical services in hospitals. The health care industry continues to grow with the population, and as people live longer, they require more services. At the same time, natural disasters, such as last year's wildfires in California, are becoming more frequent and require a greater number of emergency responders.

  • #36. Motor vehicles and parts

    - Job growth: 5.6%
    - Super sector: durable goods
    - December 2016: 952,900 jobs
    - January 2019: 1.0 million jobs

    These jobs include people selling cars on dealership floors, as well as individuals selling separate car parts at retail centers. Car sales were expected to decline in 2018 but did not, though declines are predicted again for 2019.

  • #35. Architectural and engineering services

    - Job growth: 5.7%
    - Super sector: professional and business services
    - December 2016: 1.4 million jobs
    - January 2019: 1.5 million jobs

    These engineers work on infrastructure, green technology, and chemical development. The continual need to repair and replace infrastructure, as well the desire to develop environmentally friendly technology, drives growth in this job category.

  • #34. Child day care services

    - Job growth: 5.7%
    - Super sector: education and health services
    - December 2016: 920,100 jobs
    - January 2019: 972,700 jobs

    Day care services usually involve care in a person's home or in larger, more corporate care facilities. The category continues to grow as the number of single parents or two-parent working families increases and parents are less likely to stay home during the work day to care for their children.

  • #33. Other support services

    - Job growth: 5.7%
    - Super sector: professional and business services
    - December 2016: 314,300 jobs
    - January 2019: 332,300 jobs

    Support services is a category involving clerical work and cleaning services. The growth of computer-related support services, especially, is expected to continue climbing as companies upgrade their technology or expand operations.

  • #32. Support activities for transportation

    - Job growth: 5.9%
    - Super sector: transportation and warehousing
    - December 2016: 681,800 jobs
    January 2019: 721,900 jobs

    Jobs in support activities for transportation can include vehicle towing and air traffic control. Jobs related to cargo transportation continue to grow as global markets expand and goods pass between national borders for production.

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