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New York Lost More Than 11,000 Industrial Jobs In The Past Year


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EVANSTON, Ill, November 13th, 2017/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- New York manufacturing employment declined for another year, continuing the slow downward slide the state has suffered since the end of the recession, reports MNI (Manufacturers' News, Inc.) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, the state shed 11,641 industrial jobs between September 2016 and September 2017, amounting to a 1.7% decline.

New York’s 15,186 manufacturers employ 681,342 in the state, reports MNI.

New York’s high business costs continue to drag down hiring, and global competition remains a challenge,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, the state is a top destination for high-tech and innovative enterprises, and its educated workforce and abundance of capital have attracted numerous manufacturers.”

Losses were spread across multiple sectors, reports MNI, and were led by the printing/publishing industry, which shed 4% of its workforce in the past year. Printing/publishing ranks as New York’s largest sector by number of industrial jobs, employing 99,763.

Additional losses were seen in rubber/plastics, down 12%; medical instruments/related products, down 4%; textiles/apparel, down 3.8%; electronics, down 3.2%; lumber/wood, down 3%; paper products, down 2.4%; furniture/fixtures, down 2%; and chemicals, down 1.4%.

A number of New York factories announced closures over the year, including Davis Vision, which shuttered its eyeglass lens facility in Plainview; Elmhurst Dairy, which closed its Jamaica operation; and Cenevo, which shut down its envelope factory in Orchard Park. In addition, Teva Pharmaceuticals closed its Pomona facility and layoffs were announced at AirSep; Integer; Chemours; and MSG Manufacturing, all in the west of the state.

Only two of New York’s industrial sectors added jobs, according to MNI. Employment in the primary metals sector rose 2.3%, while food processing jobs edged up by a half percent.

A few new plant announcements were made over the year, including Crown Holding’s new beverage can manufacturing operation, which recently started up specialty can production in Nichols. In addition, New Flyer broke ground on a factory in Jamestown for the manufacture of bus parts.

Industrial employment declines were most severe in the New York Metro region, reports MNI, which shed 2.2% of its industrial workforce, and now accounts for 367,188 workers.

Upstate New York lost 1.7% of its industrial employment, and now accounts for 47,534 jobs.

New York’s Western region accounts for 174,341 workers, down 1%. Buffalo and Rochester represent 35% of these jobs, with Rochester home to 38,959 workers, down 1% over the year, and Buffalo home to 22,348, up 1%.

Industrial employment in New York’s Central region also declined 1% to 92,297 workers. Syracuse jobs fell 3.7%, with the city now home to 8,688 workers.

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