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Texas Gained More Than 20,000 Manufacturing Jobs In The Past Year

EVANSTON, Ill, June 13th, 2018/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Texas surged in the past year, adding more than 20,000 industrial jobs, reports MNI (Manufacturers' News, Inc.), compiler and publisher of industrial data for all fifty states. According to MNI’s industrial database, manufacturers in Texas added 21,513 jobs, or 1.8% between May 2017 and May 2018.

Texas’ 21,385 manufacturers employ 1,241,379 in the state, reports MNI, ranking it first in the nation for both number of manufacturers and manufacturing jobs.

“With one of the best tax climates in the nation as well as a strong workforce and solid infrastructure, Texas remains a top destination for manufacturers across multiple industries, from biotech to food processing. In addition, now that oil prices are on the rise, the state’s oil/gas industry is beginning to recover from the recent downturn,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, uncertainty over import tariffs continues to concern many manufacturers, especially those who rely on raw material imports for the production of goods.”

Industrial job gains were led by the oil/gas sector, which edged up for the first time in three years, now ranking second in the state for industrial jobs, employing 138,980. MNI reports employment in oil/gas extraction edged up 2.3% after flatlining between 2015 and 2017 as the price of oil plummeted.

Employment in the petroleum products industry also surged, up 8.3% to 52,632 industrial jobs.

Other industrial sectors adding jobs included transportation equipment, up 5.7%; furniture/fixtures, up 4.5%; instruments/related products, up 4.5%; electronics, up 3.7%; food processing, up 2.2%; and fabricated metals, up 2%.

A number of new Texas plant openings were announced over the year and included a new Medline manufacturing facility in Laredo and LaModerna’s 150,000 square foot pasta plant in Cleburne. Some major investments were made in the state’s biotech industry, including the establishment of Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnology’s gene therapy Flexible Manufacturing Facility in College Park, and the founding of the world’s largest cell and gene therapy plant by Switzerland-based drugmaker Lonza in Pearland. In addition, Yara and BASF announced a joint venture to establish a massive ammonia production facility in Freeport; and Japan-based Nissei unveiled plans to open a plastic injection molding plant in San Antonio.

These gains were offset by losses in the industrial machinery sector, which ranks first in the state for manufacturing jobs, employing 164,183. That industry shed 1.4% of its workforce over the year. Additional losses were reported in primary metals, down 3.7%; while printing/publishing; lumber/wood; and textiles/apparel all reported 2% losses.

Texas industrial sites announcing closures included Ventech Engineers International in Pasadena; Gulf Marine Fabricators in Aransas Pass; and Beauticontrol Cosmetics in Carollton.

City data collected by MNI shows the state’s top cities by number of industrial workers all added jobs over the year. Houston ranks first both in the state, and the nation for number of manufacturing jobs, with 257,721 workers, up 1.3%. Second-ranked Fort Worth accounts for 68,377 jobs, up one third of one percent, while third-ranked Dallas is home to 67,463 workers, up 2%. Austin ranks fourth with 54,167 jobs, up 6%, and fifth-ranked San Antonio accounts for 46,934 industrial jobs, up 1%.

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