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Connecticut Manufacturing Job Growth Accelerates

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EVANSTON, Ill, September 6th, 2018/Manufacturers’ News, Inc./-- Connecticut added manufacturing jobs at its fastest rate in decades, according to data collected by MNI (Manufacturers’ News, Inc.) publisher of industrial data for all fifty states. MNI reports Connecticut added 3,153 manufacturing jobs from June 2017 to June 2018, or 1.5%.

MNI reports Connecticut is now home to 4,790 manufacturers employing 215,652 workers. This is the third straight year MNI has recorded a gain in industrial employment for Connecticut. The state has added the most manufacturing jobs in the past year than at any year since MNI began tracking its industrial employment in 2002.

“With its highly-educated workforce and focus on advanced manufacturing, Connecticut remains a top destination for high-tech and innovative enterprises, and now that the state has finally passed a budget, capital funding to new and expanding businesses is starting to free up,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, business costs in Connecticut are among the highest in the nation and ongoing tariff issues are creating uncertainty among the state’s manufacturers.”

Employment gains over the year were overwhelmingly led by the state’s transportation equipment sector, which surged by 13% and ranks as the state’s largest industrial sector by number of jobs, employing 40,446. Continued hiring at Pratt & Whitney’s engine plant in East Hartford has primarily driven gains, while aerospace suppliers such as Aero Gear in Windsor are expanding production and hiring more workers in response.

Other industries adding jobs included food processing, up 4.6%; furniture/fixtures, up 4%; stone/clay/glass, up 4.2%; and rubber/plastics, up 1.3%.

New plant announcements in Connecticut were abundant and included Serta Simmons’ new mattress plant in Windsor Locks, which officially opened in April of this year. Other new projects on the horizon included Morgan Truck Company, which recently announced plans to establish a $19 million factory in Plainfield. A number of expansions were also announced and included Carla’s Pasta, which has expanded its facility in South Windsor for the third time in fifteen years and Economy Spring, which has doubled its manufacturing space at its Southington facility.

Losses were reported in chemical processing, which shed 4% of its workforce, due partially to the closure of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, which moved its headquarters from New Haven to Boston. In addition, printing/publishing declined 3%, while lumber/wood fell by 2%.

City data collected by MNI shows many of Connecticut’s top cities by number of manufacturing jobs posted modest job gains over the year. Stratford remains the state’s top city by manufacturing jobs, with firms in the city employing 10,015, with no significant change reported. Jobs in second-ranked East Hartford surged 7.1% to 9,869 jobs, while employment in third-ranked Bristol edged down 1.6% to 8,479. Industrial employment remained steady in North Haven at 7,856 workers, while fifth-ranked Groton posted a 1.7% gain, and is now home to 6,697 workers.

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