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Washington State Gained Manufacturing Jobs For A Fourth Straight Year, Raising Employment To Pre-Recession Level

EVANSTON, Ill, May 14th, 2015/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment increased in Washington State for a fourth straight year, reports the 2015 Washington Manufacturers Directory ®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to data collected by MNI, Washington manufacturers added 2,827 jobs from February 2014 to February 2015, an increase of 1%.

Manufacturers’ News reports industrial employment in the Evergreen State has climbed 6.3% since February of 2011, overtaking the nation’s 5.8% rate of growth over this four-year time frame. Manufacturing employment now stands at pre-recession levels in Washington, with 6,661 manufacturers employing 313,509 workers.

Washington’s industrial base has achieved a remarkable turnaround following the recession’s steep losses,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “With its educated workforce, diverse economy, and stronghold in aerospace and tech, the state has become an ideal location for innovative enterprises and traditional industries alike.”

According to Manufacturers’ News, employment gains were led by the transportation equipment sector, which climbed 2.4% over the year, and 9.2% over the past four years. The industry currently ranks first in the state for industrial employment with 52,890 jobs. Bright spots for the leading sector included Boeing’s development of a new 777X composite wing facility in Everett, slated to begin production in 2017, and BMW’s expected $100 million expansion of its carbon-fiber plant in Moses Lake.

In addition, SpaceX announced plans to build a satellite development and manufacturing facility in Seattle for its global satellite project, and the passage of “Initiative 502” prompted the establishment of several cannabis processing plants and growing facilities such as Monkey Grass Farms, India Globalization, Inc (ICG) and DB3 Inc’s marijuana edibles plant in Seattle.

Employment gains were reported across most other industrial sectors in Washington, says MNI, with employment in textiles/apparel up 3.7%; fabricated metals up 2%; chemicals up 1.6%; paper products up 1.4%; electronics, up 1.3% and industrial machinery, up 1%.

Only two industries posted losses, reports MNI. Employment fell in printing/publishing by 1.8% and declined 1% in rubber/plastics. Manufacturing locations announcing closures included BMT Northwest’s steel tank-building operation in Elma.

According to the database of manufacturers, industrial employment in Northwest Washington climbed 1.3% over the year, with the region home to the most industrial workers with 208,118 jobs. Southwest Washington accounts for the second-most with 64,364 jobs, with no change reported. Third-ranked Northeast Washington is home to 21,896 jobs, virtually unchanged over the year, while the Southeast region posted a gain of 1.7% and currently is home to 19,131.

Seattle manufacturing employment climbed 3.3% over the year, and rose 14% since February 2011. The city ranks first in the state for industrial jobs, with 916 companies employing 44,281.

Second-ranked Redmond accounts for 37,014 jobs and third-ranked Everett accounts for 29,437. Both cities saw little change in employment during the survey period. Kent ranks fourth with 18,602 workers, up 2.6%, and Vancouver ranks 5th with 12,625, up 1.1% in the past year.

Detailed profiles of all Washington manufacturers can be found in the 2015 Washington Manufacturers Directory® available in print or online. Established in 1912, Manufacturers' News, Inc. is the nation’s oldest and largest publisher of industrial information. MNI offers a variety of tailored solutions to help customers connect with 430,000 manufacturers and suppliers, from print directories to online subscriptions. MNI’s industrial database subscription service EZ Select: allows users to tap into a live interactive database of manufacturers, while its industrial search engine IndustryNet connects buyers and suppliers and allows users to view profiles and obtain competitive quotes. MNI’s traditional print directories are published for each state and include in-depth profiles of every manufacturer in the U.S. For more information, contact Manufacturers' News, Inc. 847-864-7000.
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