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Manufacturing Jobs In Alabama Increased Over Past Year

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EVANSTON, Ill, June 16th, 2016/Manufacturers’ News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Alabama inched up for a fourth year, reports the 2016 Alabama Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s industrial database, manufacturers in Alabama added a net 739 jobs between March 2015 and March 2016.

Alabama’s 5,025 manufacturers employ 294,811 in the state, reports MNI.

“With its competitive labor costs, abundance of project funding, and friendly business environment, Alabama is a huge draw for many manufacturers,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, finding skilled workers continues to be a challenge, and the state faces tough competition from its neighbors.”

MNI reports Alabama’s transportation equipment industry continues to grow, with the sector adding 753 jobs or 1.7%. The transportation equipment sector employs the most manufacturing workers in Alabama, employing 45,385.

Second-ranked food processing accounts for 32,927 jobs, with no significant change reported, while the third-ranked fabricated metals industry employs 25,966, down 2.2% over the year.

Alabama industries adding jobs over the year included rubber/plastics, up 5%; industrial machinery, up 4.5%; textiles/apparel, up 2.7%; and electronics, up 2%.

Several major Alabama plant openings were announced over the year, including the establishment of an Airbus manufacturing facility in Mobile – its first U.S. plant. In addition, Ameritex re-opened its latex glove factory in Aufaula; Remington Outdoor opened a new factory in Huntsville; and Mercedes Benz announced an expansion at its Tuscaloosa plant.

Alabama manufacturing sectors that lost jobs included furniture/fixtures, down 6.4%; textiles/apparel, down 3.6%; furniture/fixtures, down 2.1%; chemicals, down 1.6%; and lumber/wood, also down 1.6%.

Losses for the state included the closure of a Johnston Textiles facility in Phenix City, and the shuttering of Kennametal’s plant in Grant.

MNI’s regional data shows employment gains were concentrated in the south of the state with Southeast Alabama gaining 1.5% to 52,490 jobs, and Southwest Alabama gaining 1.2% to 43,643. Jobs were little changed in the remainder of the state, with Northeast Alabama accounting for 152,969 jobs, and the Northwest home to 45,709.

City data collected by MNI shows Birmingham ranks first in the state for number of manufacturing jobs, with 29,087 workers, virtually unchanged over the year. Second-ranked Huntsville accounts for 26,041, up 1%, while third-ranked Mobile is home to 15,543 workers, up 1%. Fourth-ranked Montgomery accounts for 13,131 industrial jobs, up 1.2%, and Tuscaloosa ranks fifth with 10,329 jobs, down 1.2%.

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