EVANSTON, Ill.--Manufacturers’ News, Inc.-- Minnesota manufacturing employment climbed for a fourth straight year, reports the 2016 Minnesota Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Minnesota gained 3,760 manufacturing jobs from October 2014 to October 2015, or 1%.
Minnesota is now home to 9,606 manufacturers employing 475,113 workers. MNI data shows the state has so far added 17,132 industrial jobs or 3.7% since October 2011, recovering 40% of jobs lost during the recession.
“Although Minnesota’s cost of doing business is relatively high compared to its neighbors, its top-notch workforce, solid infrastructure and diverse economy continues to encourage investment and boost industrial employment,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912.
MNI reports gains were led by the food processing industry, which increased 1.6% over the year. Food processing accounts for the largest share of Minnesota’s manufacturing employment, employing 72,273.
Other Minnesota industries adding jobs over the year included textiles/apparel, up 12%; electronics, up 7.3%; fabricated metals, up 5.4%; chemicals, up 4.4%; and transportation equipment, up 4%.
Minnesota industries that lost jobs over the year included instruments/related products, down 3.4%; paper products, down 2.9%; and furniture/fixtures, down 1.9%.
Minnesota’s Central East region accounts for about half of the state’s manufacturing employment, with 244,049 jobs, up one percent over the year.
Manufacturing jobs in Minneapolis rose 2.6% over the year, climbed 3.1% in Rochester; 3% in Bloomington; and 1% in St. Paul, reports MNI.
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