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Utah Surpasses Pre-Recession Industrial Employment Levels; Jobs Up 2.3% In The Past Year

Contact: Jennifer Ratcliff
Manufacturers' News, Inc.
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EVANSTON, Ill, November 21st, 2016/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Utah industrial jobs rose 2.3% over the past year, reports the 2017 Utah Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to MNI’s database of manufacturers, Utah added 3,837 industrial jobs between September 2015 and September 2016, and now accounts for more factory jobs than it had prior to the recession.

Utah’s 3,540 manufacturers employ 174,171 in the state, reports MNI. Since September of 2010, the state has added 23,812 jobs, a 16% increase.

Utah boasts one of the most favorable regulatory climates in the nation, and its overall business costs are low. This, combined with a skilled labor pool and abundance of shovel-ready sites, has helped the state recover all jobs lost during the recession – and then some,” 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 will continue to challenge growth in the years ahead.”

According to MNI, Utah’s chemicals industry was the star of this year’s survey, adding more than 1,000 jobs or 7%. The chemicals industry ranks as the state’s third-largest by manufacturing employment, employing 17,083.

Food processing ranks as the state’s largest sector by employment with 19,454 jobs, up 3.3%, and second-ranked electronics accounts for 17,375, down one percent.

Manufacturing job gains in Utah were spread out across most sectors, with furniture/fixtures, up 10.6%; transportation equipment, up 10%; instruments/related products, up 6.7%; lumber/wood, also up 6.7%; rubber/plastics, up 6.4%; primary metals, up 2.9%; and paper products, up 1.9%.

Several Utah plant openings were announced over the year, including Universal Forest Products, which established a new plant in Magna; rail car maker Stadler U.S., which plans to open a temporary manufacturing operation in the state; supplement maker 4Life, which opened a new facility in Vineyard; and arrow maker Gold Tip, which moved into a larger manufacturing facility in American Fork.

Gains were offset by losses in the state’s industrial machinery sector, which reported a 4.1% decline. Employment also declined in the fabricated metals industry, down 3.7%, according to MNI.

MNI’s regional data shows Utah’s manufacturing gains were concentrated in the state’s Northern region, which added 2,726 jobs or 1.7%, and now accounts for 161,866 workers. Industrial jobs rose 4.4% in Southern Utah to 6,922, but fell 3.9% in Central Utah to 5,383.

City data collected by MNI shows Salt Lake City ranks first in the state for number of manufacturing jobs, with 55,673 workers, up 3.8%. Second-ranked Ogden accounts for 14,438 jobs, down 1.7%, while third-ranked Provo is home to 11,286 workers, up 3.3%. Logan ranks fourth with 8,987 jobs, with no significant change reported, while fifth-ranked Clearfield accounts for 6,047 industrial jobs, virtually unchanged.

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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