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Nevada Adds Industrial Jobs For A Sixth Straight Year

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
(847) 864-9440 ext. 241
jratcliff [at]

EVANSTON, Ill, February 12th, 2018/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Nevada’s industrial workforce grew for a sixth straight year, according to data collected by MNI (Manufacturers' News, Inc.). According to MNI’s industrial database, Nevada added another 1,692 jobs between November 2016 and November 2017, a 3% increase.

Nevada is home to 1,759 manufacturers employing 58,617. Manufacturing employment in the state has grown steadily since November of 2011, reports MNI, adding 6,088 jobs or 11.6% over the six-year span.

Nevada’s top-notch infrastructure and business friendliness has attracted some serious investment, most notably Tesla and Virgin Hyperloop’s cutting-edge facilities,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, a skilled workforce is essential to today’s technologically-driven manufacturing, and Nevada lags behind other states in terms of its education system.”

Gains were led by the electronics sector, which skyrocketed 38% as Tesla started up production at its massive battery factory in McCarran, creating 1,000 new jobs.

Other industries adding jobs included lumber/wood, up 10%; rubber/plastics, up 7%; furniture/fixtures, up 5%; fabricated metals, up 2.7%; and food processing, up 2%.

Nevada will likely see increased growth as Tesla continues to hire, with the projected number of jobs now expected to reach 10,000 in the coming years – nearly double the number initially reported. In addition, the state approved several new projects over the year, including Sodifel America Corp.’s plans to double the size of its factory in Clark County; the planned expansion of defense contractor U.S. Ordance’s weapons plant in Reno; and the establishment of Zloop Computer and Electronic Recycling’s new facility in Fernley.

Gains were offset by losses in primary metals, down 5.6%; printing/publishing, down 4.7%; stone/clay/glass, down 2.8%; and chemicals, down 1%.

Contributing to the state’s losses were layoffs at Scientific Games in Las Vegas and the closure of Pacific Coast Flange’s manufacturing facility in Mound House.

Nevada was also dealt a blow after Faraday Future scrapped its plans to build a manufacturing facility in Apex, opting to establish operations in California.

City data collected by MNI shows Las Vegas remains the state’s top city by industrial employment, with 17,694 jobs, up 5% over the past year. Employment in second-ranked Reno held steady at 9,170 jobs, while third-ranked Sparks saw an increase of 4.3%, and now accounts for 4,498 workers. Henderson accounts for 3,980 jobs, virtually unchanged over the year, while jobs in North Las Vegas held steady at 3,902.

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