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Michigan Manufacturing Employment Surges For A Sixth Straight Year, Leading The Nation In Job Growth

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EVANSTON, Ill, April 26th, 2017/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Michigan added manufacturing jobs for a sixth straight year, according to data collected by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI), a publisher of industrial databases and directories for all fifty states. MNI reports manufacturing employment in Michigan climbed 2.7% between February 2016 to February 2017, extending the meteoric rise in manufacturing employment the state has seen since 2011.

Currently, Michigan’s 13,618 manufacturers employ 706,899 in the state, reports MNI. Since the end of the recession, employment in Michigan’s industrial sector has surged at a rate unmatched by any other U.S. state, adding 90,492 jobs or 15%.

“Although many states have seen manufacturing employment inch up over the past several years, none have added jobs like Michigan. The state has fostered a unique manufacturing hub that allows 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, global competition and a strong dollar remain a challenge.”

Michigan’s job gains were led by the transportation equipment industry, which rose 7% in the past year, and stands as the state’s largest sector by employment, employing 145,292. The auto industry remains the engine behind Michigan’s manufacturing growth, adding more than 21,000 jobs over the past six years.

The Big Three continue to expand in Michigan, reports MNI. Major bright spots for the industry include Ford shifting investment to its Flat Rock facility after ditching plans to build a factory in Mexico, and Fiat-Chrysler’s expansion of its Warren truck assembly plant. In addition, Grupo Antolin announced it will establish a new auto interiors manufacturing facility in suburban Detroit, and Coastal Automotive plans to expand its factory in Holland.

Additional gains were reported in stone/clay/glass, up 8.4%; food processing, up 5%; electronics, also up 5%; lumber/wood, up 2.6%; and industrial machinery, up 2.4%.

Gains were offset very slightly by losses in furniture/fixtures, down 3.8%; printing/publishing, down 2.6%, and primary metals, down 1.5%.

Industrial locations announcing closures included Grand Rapids Plastics, which shuttered its automotive plastic injection molding plant; and plastics manufacturer Concept Industries, which shuttered its Grand Rapids facility.

Employment gains were strongest in the south of the state, with jobs in the Southeast region surging 3.3% to 410,946 jobs and climbing 3% in Southwest Michigan to 225,881. Manufacturing employment remained steady at 20,230 jobs in Northeast Michigan, and declined 1% in the Northwest region to 34,085. The Upper Peninsula posted a gain of 992 jobs or 6%, and is now home to 16,749 workers.

City data collected by MNI shows Grand Rapids remains Michigan’s top city by number of manufacturing jobs, home to 47,075 workers, with no significant change reported over the year. Detroit continues to make strides, adding nearly 2,000 jobs or 6.4% to 31,713 industrial positions. Other cities adding jobs included Troy, up 8% to 15,280 jobs, Holland, up 5.3% to 16,220 jobs, and Sterling Heights, up 1% to 18,929.

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