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California Manufacturing Employment Growth Stalls


Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
(847) 864-9440 ext. 241
jratcliff [at]

EVANSTON, Ill, May 23rd, 2016/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing jobs in California declined over the past year, reports the 2016 Directory of California Manufacturers®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, California lost 10,393 industrial jobs from March 2015 to March 2016, following three straight years of gains.

California is now home to 25,440 industrial companies employing 1,560,263 workers. MNI data shows California manufacturers added 52,447 jobs, or 3.5%, between March 2012 and March 2015.

“Like many states across the nation, industrial job growth is lagging in California due to soft global demand, and strict regulation and higher labor costs have made it difficult for many manufacturers to expand,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, the state is a hotbed for innovation, and its abundance of project funding is a huge draw for manufacturers.”

MNI reports California’s electronics sector accounts for the most manufacturing jobs in the state, employing 247,492, up a half percent over the year. The second-ranked industrial machinery sector accounts for 175,804 industrial jobs, down 2%, while California’s food processing industry employs 175,549, a half percent less than a year ago.

California industries losing jobs included printing/publishing, down 5%; paper products, down 2.6%; primary metals, down 2%; and stone/clay/glass, down 1.4%. Most other California industries reported slight one-percent losses, including furniture/fixtures; fabricated metals; transportation equipment; and instruments/related products.

Manufacturers closing in California included Boston Scientific’s facilities in Fremont and San Jose; Boeing’s aircraft plant in Long Beach; General Mills’ Cheerios plant in Lodi; Bimbo Bakeries operation in Fresno; and Farmer Brothers’ coffee plant in Torrance.

Manufacturing job losses in California were offset by gains in chemicals, up 1.5%; and lumber/wood, up 1.3%.

Manufacturers establishing new operations in California included Lagunitas, which plans to open a third brewery near Los Angeles; Pacific STIHL, which broke ground on a new plant in Visalia; and Fiskar, which plans to resume production of its Fisker Karma electric vehicle at a new location in Moreno Valley.

Manufacturing jobs in Southern California declined by one percent, according to MNI’s regional data, and currently accounts for 955,840 of the state’s industrial employment. Jobs in Northern California fell a half percent to 604,423.

City data collected by MNI shows San Diego is the state’s top city by number of manufacturing jobs, accounting for 71,177 workers, with no significant change reported. Manufacturing jobs in Los Angeles declined 3.7% over the year, reports MNI, with the city now home to 67,225 industrial workers. Employment in third-ranked San Jose fell 3.3% to 62,893, and held steady in fourth-ranked Irvine at 45,885. Jobs in Santa Clara fell 6.7%, reports MNI, with the fifth-ranked city home to 33,661 jobs.

Established in 1912, MNI is the nation’s oldest and largest compiler of industrial information, offering tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers. MNI’s industrial marketplace IndustryNet: is a one-stop resource that connects buyers with suppliers of 10,000 + products and services, and allows users to obtain competitive quotes, create and view company profiles, post company news releases, photos, videos, job openings, and more. MNI’s subscription service EZ Select: provides access to MNI’s live interactive database of manufacturers for sales/prospecting efforts. For more information, contact MNI at 847-864-7000 or visit
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