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Connecticut Manufacturing Employment Continues To Decline

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
1633 Central St.
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 864-9440 ext. 241

EVANSTON, Ill, August 13th, 2014/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Connecticut declined over the past year, reports the 2015 Connecticut Manufacturers Register®, a manufacturers database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to data collected by MNI, Connecticut lost 1,894 manufacturing jobs, or 1% from June 2013 to June 2014, and is one of the few states for which the industrial publisher has reported a loss in the past year.

Manufacturers’ News reports Connecticut is now home to 5,242 manufacturers employing 208,208 workers.

A five-year analysis of MNI data shows industrial jobs in Connecticut have fallen 6.2% since June 2009, while government statistics reveal manufacturing employment in the U.S. overall climbed 3.4% during the same time period.

“High business costs and global competition have made it difficult for Connecticut manufacturers to climb back from the recession,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, its educated workforce and investment in worker training programs continue to be a draw for new businesses, particularly those focused on technology and innovation.”

Industrial locations announcing closures in Connecticut included a Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics plant in Brookfield and a Northrop Grumman military radar site in Norwalk.

According to Manufacturers’ News, transportation equipment remains the state’s largest sector by employment with 34,154 jobs, virtually unchanged during the survey period. Second-ranked fabricated metals accounts for 26,007 jobs, with no significant change reported over the year. Industrial machinery ranks third with 25,903 jobs, down 1.4%.

Additional industries in Connecticut cutting jobs included instruments/related products, down 5.3%; stone/clay/glass, down 3.3%; lumber/wood, down 2.8%; printing/publishing, also down 2.8%; and primary metals, down 2.1%. Gains were reported in furniture/fixtures, up 6.5%; food products, up 6.1%; and paper products, up 4.4%.

MNI reports some manufacturing companies in Connecticut announced expansions over the year, including Memry Corporation in Bethel; Neeltran Inc. in New Milford; Bakery on Main in East Hartford; and BYK USA in Wallingford.

Manufacturing companies in Stratford employ 9,346 workers, with jobs in the top industrial city unchanged over the year. Bristol ranks second in the state for industrial employment with 8,658 jobs, up 1%. Employment in third-ranked North Haven declined a half percent, with the city home to 7,866 jobs. Fourth-ranked Norwalk is home to 7,163 manufacturing jobs, down 4.5%, while Danbury accounts for 6,663 industrial jobs, down 1.2% over the year.

Detailed profiles of all Connecticut manufacturers can be found in the 2015 Connecticut Manufacturers Register® available in print or online. Established in 1912, Manufacturers' News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial information. MNI offers a variety of tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers, from print directories to online subscriptions. MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select: allows users to tap into a live interactive database of manufacturers, while its industrial search engine IndustryNet connects buyers and suppliers and allows users to view profiles and obtain competitive quotes. MNI’s traditional print directories are published for each state and include in-depth profiles of every manufacturer in the U.S. For more information, contact Manufacturers' News, Inc. 847-864-7000.
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