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Maryland/DC Industrial Job Growth Gains Momentum


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EVANSTON, Ill, August 14th, 2017/Manufacturers' News, Inc./--Industrial employment in the Maryland/DC region grew at a faster pace over the past twelve months, according to data collected by MNI (Manufacturers' News, Inc.) publisher of industrial data for all fifty states. MNI reports Maryland/DC added 1,112 manufacturing jobs from May 2017 to May 2018, or a half percent -- four times the 292-job gain MNI reported for the region over the 2016-2017 survey period.

MNI reports Maryland and the D.C. Metro Area is now home to 4,090 manufacturers employing 184,147 workers.

“With its educated workforce and abundance of capital, the Maryland/DC region remains a top destination for a variety of manufacturers, especially high-tech and innovative enterprises,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, the region’s high business costs continue to deter investment and infrastructure lags behind many other states.”

Maryland/DC struggled to return from the recession, losing nearly 16,000 jobs or about 8% of its industrial workforce between May 2009 and May 2016. This was largely based on continued losses in Baltimore, which has cost the region roughly 10,000 industrial jobs since May 2009.

However, a number of new plant announcements bode well for Baltimore’s future, including Veolia North America’s new chilled water facility planned for downtown Baltimore; and Maryland Packaging’s plans for a High Pressure Processing (HPP) facility in the city. In addition, Guinness recently established a brewery in the Baltimore area --its first U.S. facility in fifty years.

Gains over the past year were spread out across multiple industries, and were strongest in primary metals, up 10%; rubber/plastics, up 9%; medical instruments/related products, up 3%; food processing, up 1.3%; and transportation equipment, up 1%.

MNI reports Maryland/DC’s industrial job gains would have been larger were it not for continued losses in its printing/publishing sector, which declined 2.6%. Printing/publishing ranks first in the region for industrial jobs, employing 30,022.

Additional sectors shedding jobs included electronics, down 5%; lumber/wood, down 1.5%; and stone/clay/glass, up 1%.

Industrial locations announcing closures included Medserv International, which shuttered its Beltsville plant, and Locke Insulators, Inc., which closed its Baltimore facility.

MNI reports Central Maryland, which includes the District of Columbia, accounts for 145,682 workers, up a half percent. Eastern Maryland is home to 19,479, up 1.3%, while Western Maryland accounts for 18,986 jobs, up 1%.

City data collected by MNI shows Baltimore accounts for the most industrial jobs, home to 25,694 workers, down 3% over the year. Second-ranked Washington D.C. accounts for 21,210 jobs, up a half percent, while third-ranked Linthicum is home to 7,268 workers, with no significant change reported. Columbia is home to 6,336 workers, virtually unchanged over the year, while jobs rose 2.7% in fifth-ranked Frederick to 5,119.

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