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Michigan Adds Manufacturing Jobs For A Seventh Straight Year

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EVANSTON, Ill, April 26th, 2018/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Michigan added manufacturing jobs for a seventh straight year, according to data collected by MNI (Manufacturers' News, Inc.), a publisher of industrial data for all fifty states. MNI reports manufacturing employment in Michigan climbed 1.6% between February 2017 and February 2018, extending the meteoric increase in manufacturing jobs the state has seen since 2011.

Currently, Michigan’s 13,457 manufacturers employ 719,684, reports MNI. Since the end of the recession, employment in Michigan’s manufacturing sector has surged at a rate unmatched by any other U.S. state, increasing by 99,547 jobs or 16%.

“Although many states have seen manufacturing employment inch up over the past several years, none have added jobs like Michigan. The state’s educated workforce and focus on technology and innovation have allowed automakers and related suppliers to grow and thrive, which has in turn boosted employment across multiple sub-sectors.” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, uncertainty over steel and aluminum prices in light of new import tariffs could impact the state’s automakers in the years ahead.”

Michigan’s job gains were led by the transportation equipment industry, which rose another 2% in the past year, and remains the state’s largest sector by employment, employing 145,292. The auto industry has driven the state’s post-recession growth, adding more than 23,000 jobs over the past seven years.

The Big Three continue to expand in Michigan, reports MNI. Major news for the industry included Fiat-Chrysler’s plans to shift RAM heavy truck production from Mexico to its factory in Warren, creating 2,500 jobs. Adding to this was the establishment of metal stamping company Flex-N-Gate, which recently started up production in Detroit and will eventually hire 400. Foreign automakers have been drawn to the state as well, with India’s largest SUV maker, Mahindra, recently establishing an off-road vehicle facility in Auburn Hills, and French autonomous vehicle maker NAVYA breaking ground on an assembly plant in Saline.

Other new Michigan plant announcements included NAI, which will produce interconnect assembly systems in Gaylord and LG Electronics in Hazel Park, which will manufacture electric car parts.

Additional gains were reported in furniture/fixtures, up 5%; food processing, up 4%; fabricated metals, up 2%; rubber/plastics, up 1.5%; and industrial machinery, up 1%. Printing/publishing was the only sector to report a measurable loss, down 2.5% over the year. All other sectors reported very slight upticks in employment, or remained the same.

Industrial locations announcing closures included GM supplier Yanfeng Global Automotive Interiors, which shuttered its Lansing dashboard plant, and Recaro North America which closed its auto supply plant in Auburn Hills.

Employment gains were strongest in the south of the state, with jobs in the Southeast region climbing 2% to 413,813 jobs and growing another 2% in Southwest Michigan to 234,445. Manufacturing employment grew 1% in Northwest Michigan to 34,420, and remained steady at 20,081 jobs in Northeast Michigan. The Upper Peninsula posted a 1% gain, and is now home to 16,926 workers.

City data collected by MNI shows Grand Rapids remains Michigan’s top city by number of manufacturing jobs, home to 48,403 workers, up 2.5% over the year. Industrial employment in second-ranked Auburn Hills rose 4.3% to 32,036, but fell in third-ranked Detroit, down 5.4% to 30,002. Warren ranks fourth with 19,067 jobs, up 2%, while Sterling ranks 5th with 18,890, virtually unchanged over the year.

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