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Washington State Gained Manufacturing Jobs For A Sixth Straight Year

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EVANSTON, Ill, May 16th, 2017/Manufacturers' News, Inc./-- Manufacturing employment in Washington State inched up over the past twelve months, according to data collected by Manufacturers' News, Inc. (MNI), a publisher of industrial databases and directories for all fifty states. MNI reports manufacturers in Washington added 1,191 jobs from March 2016 to March 2017, amounting to a half percent gain.

This is the sixth straight year the state added industrial jobs, reports MNI, though gains reported in the past two years have been slighter than in the years following the end of the recession. Currently, Washington’s 6,655 manufacturers employ 314,987.

Washington State’s abundance of skilled labor and access to capital has drawn some key innovative enterprises to its borders, particularly in the aerospace and electronics industries, and the state has in turn secured significant post-recession manufacturing gains,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912. “However, gains have slowed over the past couple years as increased global competition has put a dent in growth.”

MNI reports the transportation equipment industry accounts for the most industrial jobs in Washington State, employing 53,194, with no significant change reported over the year. Recent reports suggest the industry should see sustained growth in the next several years with the opening of Boeing’s new facility at its massive Everett campus, and the establishment of a SpaceX development facility in Redmond, which may lead to a satellite manufacturing facility in Kent.

Second-ranked food processing employs 43,929, and rose by 1% in the past twelve months, while the third-ranked industrial machinery sector employs 30,773, also up 1%. Additional sectors adding jobs included rubber/plastics, up 3.3%; electronics, up 1.7%; and paper products, up 1%.

Job losses were reported in primary metals, down 7.1%; stone/clay/glass, down 1.5%; and chemicals, down 1.4%.

Industrial locations announcing closures in Washington included Olympic Panel Products, which shuttered its facility in Shelton; Graphic Packaging International, which closed its Renton facility; and Spectrum Glass Company, which ceased operations at its Woodinville factory.

Southeast Washington posted the largest gain, up 3% to 20,229 jobs, followed by Washington State’s Southwest region, which rose by 1.1% to 65,525 jobs. Manufacturing employment in the Northeast region of the state also rose by 1% to 22,137 jobs. The Northwest quadrant saw little change in industrial employment, down 296 jobs to 207,096.

City data collected by MNI shows Seattle remains the state’s top city by industrial employment, with 44,336 jobs, down up 1.6% over the past year. Employment in second-ranked Redmond fell 2.2% to 36,362 industrial jobs, while employment in third-ranked Everett inched up a half percent to 29,423. Kent accounts for 19,520 manufacturing jobs, reports MNI, up 3.6%, and Spokane accounts for 12,203, down 2%.

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