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Connecticut Manufacturing Jobs Edge Up For A Second Straight Year


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EVANSTON, Ill, September 11th, 2017/Manufacturers' News, Inc./--Industrial employment in Connecticut edged up by a half percent over the past year, according to data collected by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI), publisher of industrial databases and directories for all fifty states. MNI reports Connecticut added 785 manufacturing jobs from June 2016 to June 2017, a minor turnaround following the sharp losses of the recession and post-recession era.

MNI reports Connecticut is now home to 4,946 manufacturers employing 205,425 workers. This is the second straight year MNI has recorded an uptick in manufacturing employment for Connecticut, with another half percent gain reported over the 2015-2016 survey period. This was still not enough, however, to make up for the thousands of jobs lost during the recession, and the thousands more that followed in the years after, with MNI recording a loss of about 4% between June 2010 and June 2015.

“With its highly-educated workforce and focus on advanced manufacturing, Connecticut remains a top destination for high-tech and innovative enterprises, and it appears the heavy losses of the past are coming to an end,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, Connecticut is one of the costliest states, both in the nation and New England, to do business, and the state’s budget impasse has put a damper on capital funding for new or expanding manufacturers.”

Gains over the year were largely concentrated in the state’s top three sectors by number of manufacturing jobs. Transportation equipment, which ranks first, inched up by 76 jobs, and now employs 33,863. Second-ranked fabricated metals grew by 1.5% and now accounts for 26,229 jobs, while employment in third-ranked industrial machinery grew by 1% to 25,615 workers.

Other industries adding jobs included textiles/apparel, up 2.5%; printing/publishing, up 1%; food processing, up 1%; and medical instruments/related products, up a half percent.

New plant announcements in Connecticut reflect the state’s highly educated workforce, with innovative companies like SCA Pharmaceuticals and MicroCare Corp. making plans to establish operations there. Other new projects on the horizon include Intelligent Audio Products plans to set up shop in Bridgeport, and the expansion of Serta Simmons, which will include a new facility in Windsor Locks.

Losses were reported in paper products, down 8%; electronics, down 3.2%; and primary metals, down 2.8%.

Industrial locations announcing closures included Fortune Plastics, which shuttered its Old Saybrook plant; Atlantic Packaging, which closed its Norwich facility after 99 years in business; and General Electric, which shifted its Fairfield operations to Boston.

City data collected by MNI shows Connecticut’s top cities by number of manufacturing jobs all posted modest job gains over the year. Stratford remains the state’s top city by manufacturing jobs, with firms in the city employing 10,090, up a half percent. Jobs in second-ranked Bristol edged up a third of a percent to 8,616, while third-ranked North Haven posted a 2.9% gain and now accounts for 7,884.

Jobs rose 1% in both Norwalk and Groton, and declined 1% in Stamford. Manufacturing companies in Danbury, which ranks 7th in the state, shed 1.9% of their workforce over the past year.

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