America's Goods Producers Post Best Jobs Gain in 17 Years: Chart

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The lights are solid green for America’s blue collar workers. Employment in goods-producing industries -- manufacturing, construction, mining and logging -- jumped 95,000 in February, the most since March 2000, according to the Labor Department’s latest jobs report. Construction employment was the strongest in almost a decade, albeit with the help of mild winter weather; manufacturing payrolls matched the fastest growth since August 2013; and mining employment, which includes oil drilling, was the healthiest since April 2014.

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