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New York Lost Manufacturing Jobs Over The Past Year


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

EVANSTON, Ill, November 15th, 2016/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- New York manufacturing employment inched down for another year, continuing the slow downward slide the state has suffered since the end of the recession, reports the 2017 New York Manufacturers Register®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, New York lost 8,025 jobs between September 2015 and September 2016, a 1.1% decline, on par with the 1.3% loss MNI reported for the 2014-2015 survey period.

New York’s 15,565 manufacturers employ 696,048 in the state, reports MNI.

“High business costs and global competition have made it difficult for New York manufacturers to thrive and recoup losses suffered during the recession,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, the state’s top notch-workforce and abundance of capital funding continue to draw some key high-tech enterprises to the region.”

New York lost industrial jobs across the board, reports MNI, with no one sector experiencing significant losses or gains.

Industries shedding jobs included the state’s second largest sector by employment, industrial machinery, which declined by 1% to 76,979 workers. Printing/publishing, New York’s top sector by industrial employment, remained unchanged at 107,186 jobs.

Other losses included transportation equipment, down 4%; rubber/plastics, down 3.4%; textiles/apparel, down 2.2%; primary metals, also down 2.2%; chemicals, down 2.1%; electronics, down 1.2%; and fabricated metals, down 1%.

Losses for the state included MakerBot’s announcement that it will shift manufacturing operations to China, and the closure of Chemours’ reactive metals plant in Niagara Falls. In addition, SentrySafe closed its Pittsford facility, and Novartis shuttered its Suffern factory.

Only two sectors posted notable gains: food processing, which added 735 jobs to its workforce or 1.3%, and furniture/fixtures, up 1%.

Several manufacturers announced new operations in the state, including Denmark-based Arla Foods, which will establish a cheese plant in Linwood, and Starbucks, which plans to open a 20,000 square foot roasting plant in New York City. In addition, Tesla and Panasonic recently announced plans to break ground on a joint photovoltaic facility in Buffalo, and Lockheed Martin recently opened an advanced gasification bioenergy plant in Owego.

MNI reports job losses were most severe in the Upstate/Adirondack region of New York, which shed 2.6% of its industrial workforce, and now accounts for 48,353 of the state’s jobs.

The New York Metro Area, including the New York City exurbs, accounts for 378,658 industrial jobs, down 1.3% in the past twelve months. Jobs in New York City proper, however, were largely unchanged at 140,014 workers.

The Western region of the state accounts for 176,017 workers, with no significant change reported. Rochester and Buffalo represent 35% of these jobs, with Rochester home to 39,274 workers, down 1.3% over the year, and Buffalo home to 22,175 down 2.7%.

The state’s Central region is home to 93,020 industrial workers, down 1%. Syracuse accounts for 9,020 of these jobs – 1.4% less than a year ago.

Established in 1912, MNI is the nation’s oldest and largest compiler of industrial information, offering tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers. MNI’s industrial marketplace IndustryNet: is a one-stop resource that connects buyers with suppliers of 10,000 + products and services, and allows users to obtain competitive quotes, create and view company profiles, post company news releases, photos, videos, job openings, and more. MNI’s subscription service EZ Select: provides access to MNI’s live interactive database of manufacturers. For more information, contact MNI at 847-864-7000 or visit
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